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  "Tirty-tree 'n' a toord" in Ireland

By the River Nore nearby Kilkenny In Hiberno-English, the soft "th" sound is pronounced as a hard "t."

I asked a couple of Irish people if they could hear a difference. To them it's the same sound. I'd seen them down at the river and later in the pub we were talking about it.

Justin had caught a fish—one to keep, that is, and one that he had let go, too small. "One and a half." Molly had entangled her line, reeled in various oddments, and gotten a bubble bobber stuck high in a tree the other side of the river Nore.

Molly said "I got three," heading up to the part about the detritus she'd reeled in.

"No," Justin said , you got a tree."

  —20 May 2002