[LMB] "Learned" as title/style

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Wed May 12 18:13:06 BST 2021


On* Rumpole of the Bailey,* ISTR the barristers would refer to one another
in court as "my learned friend," no matter what idiots they thought the
other barristers were.

On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:

> On Wed, 12 May 2021 08:48:48 -0400, Fred <fred.fredex at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> >I'm sorry to have to say that putting an accent on a vowel means nothing
> to
> >me, doesn't help me AT ALL with pronunciation. (from this you'll probably
> >glean, correctly, that I don't know French, or Spanish, or ... and
> >therefore have no idea what accent marks do to the pronunciation.)
> >
> ><tongue in cheek> one could describe the pronunciation as yelling at
> >someone named Ed, "Learn, Ed!!!<tongue in cheek/>
>
> Learnèd means that you pronounce the syllables separately.  It's gone
> out of use in modern English, but Shakespeare wrote things like:
> "This lanthorn doth the hornèd moon present ...", and the diacritical
> mark tells us it's pronounced as "horn-Ed", both for euphony and for
> scansion.
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