occasional observations on English pronunciation features, phonetics, teaching and learning
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
OED and pooh as an interjection
credit: Mikey Mets
Pooh or poo according to OED is a slang term, originally a nursery term, for faeces or excrement. The 1989 edition transcribes it as /puː, puːh/. In the 3rd edition we find the puzzling "Brit." transcription /p(h)uː/. In all probability this is a typographical error. I sent an email to OUP to inform them about it.