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OT:Pronunciayshiuns - tough to plough through

From: "Jeff and Carolyn Walters" <cwalters@digitalpla.net>

There are precedents in the pronunciation of common English words for the
various renderings of the second part of the name of the iris HOLDEN CLOUGH
that have been proposed, to wit

"Cluff"  - rough, tough, enough

"Clow" - plough

"Clew" - through

"Cloth" - trough ("trawth" is an alternate for the more usual "trawf")

Like Bill Shear, I have heard that the correct pronunciation is "Cluff",but
I cannot cite the authority for this. Unlike Bill, I was under the
impression that this was a personal name and not a place name, and what
Dennis Hager wrote tends to confirm this - he knows a hundred Cloughs
(however pronounced), but no one has cited a single place named Clough,
Holden or otherwise.

BTW, the ancestry of this iris seems to be as obscure or debatable as its
pronunciation. I don't grow it, but I do have its offspring, ROY DAVIDSON,
whose name I can enunciate with confidence.

Jeff Walters in northern Utah  (USDA Zone 4, Sunset Zone 2)

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