[LMB] "Learned" as title/style

Fred fred.fredex at gmail.com
Thu May 13 23:19:46 BST 2021


Oh, Rumpole! I loved Rumpole (as portrayed by Leo McKern). It was a sad day
when McKern passed away.


On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 1:23 PM Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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> >
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