And another one

Another anniversary!  This year marks the 40th anniversary of my graduation from the University of Sheffield.  I shall be at a dinner on Friday hosted by the Vice-Chancellor for some of us who graduated in politics.  A fellow graduate who will be attending is David Blunkett.   We variously get together in Westminster – we share the same views on the House of Lords and on citizenship education.  I have yet to remind him, though, that he described me in his memoirs as a ‘dour Young Conservative’.  Dour?  Moi?


About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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7 Responses to And another one

  1. franksummers3ba says:

    Lord Norton,
    SInce it emerges in more or less excusable fashion. I would like to know, do you always rhyme dour with pour or sometimes with sour?

    Regardless, that is quite an achievement. Not merely graduating and staying alive for forty years, but rather it redounds to your glory that you are worth memorializing and feting.. Congratulations!

    • Lord Norton says:

      franksummers3ba: Many thanks. It’s an interesting question about how to pronounce ‘dour’. For me, it ryhmes with ‘pour’, but that may not be the common view.

      • ladytizzy says:

        The American Heritage Dictionary:

        “Usage Note: The word dour, which is etymologically related to duress and endure, traditionally rhymes with tour. The variant pronunciation that rhymes with sour has been in use for a century or more, is widely used today, and is a standard variant. In our 1996 survey, 65 percent of the Usage Panel preferred the traditional pronunciation, and 33 percent preferred the variant.”

        Personally, I prefer it to rhyme with doer, as in somebody who achieves through hard work. Then, Mr Blunkett makes sense.

      • Lord Norton says:

        ladytizzy: Many thanks for that. I’m with you on this one.

      • franksummers3ba says:

        Thank you Lady Tizzy…

  2. Dean B says:

    You? Young?

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