Skip to comments.Actor Geoffrey Hughes dies aged 68
Posted on 07/28/2012 6:59:40 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Actor Geoffrey Hughes, famous for his roles in Coronation Street and Keeping Up Appearances, has died aged 68.
Hughes, who was known to millions for playing binman Eddie Yates in the soap during the 1970s and 1980s, died on Friday night after a two year battle with prostate cancer.
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Did you notice the caption under the photo at the link says he died of prostrate cancer. They can’t spell in Britain either.
What’s sad is that the English dialect of a different Geoffrey (Chaucer) was actually mostly phonetically correct. How we got stuck with the variable pronunciation of vowels and silent letters I haven’t yet figured out.
“How we got stuck with the variable pronunciation of vowels and silent letters I havent yet figured out.”
Two Words - Norman Invasion.
The Frogs inflicted most of this on the English language.
The Brits love to add R's to their words heh.
There’s an hilarious collection of “Keeping Up Appearances Bloopers” on youtube.
My absolute favorite: Daisy complains that the fire has gone out of their relationship. Onslow responds,
“Nothin’ personal, Daze, it’s just that women get older quicker.” (She grimaces)
“It’s a well known fact, and the fact remains...., that even when the fact remains..., the fact remains!”
This breaks up everyone, especially Judy Cornwell as Daisy.
He seemed a decent sort, even as Onslow. Will be missed. I’m not much younger than that myself.
Sure must’ve taken a very long time to kick in. That invasion was in 1066. Chaucer lived from 1343 to 1400.
Oh no! Loved that “Onslow” character.
In Onslow heaven, the telly works, there is no drama from Rose, he doesn’t have to chase Daddy, Hyacinth doesn’t care when he shows up, and Daisy brings him his beer without always wanting to get it on.
Does the Cortina have a V8, though?
The sleeve-less undershirt, or A line undershirt, was renamed a few years back by my wife. In our house, it is called an “Onslow.”
LOL - He wore it well.
Damn, can’t they stop dying already?!
“Hughes first appeared in 1960s classics such as Z-Cars and The Likely Lads and was the voice of Paul McCartney in the Beatles film The Yellow Submarine.”
I did not know that!
Character Onslow was frequently reading high-brow science books in bed like Principles of Particle Physics, IIRC.
We have lost a lot of the great ones this past couple of months.
Yea, but it is a LONG walk to Canterbury... ;-)
Well said..I love that show...now two are gone...darn.
Our Rose’’ I”m off men, he’s left me for another woman!’’ Daisy, “He has?’’ Our Rose, “Yeah, he’s gone back with his wife, the swine!’’. :-)
Mostly 17th and 18th century pedants trying to get the spelling of the English words to be closer to their French, Latin (mostly) and Greek sources.
Like doing so was really important!
My personal favorite is spelling thru as through. Three utterly redundant letters.
That said, making English spelling phonetic is itself a pathway lined with pitfalls, most notably whose phonetics. Pronunciation varies dramatically across the English-speaking world and also changes with time. There are numerous clues in Shakespeare that words were pronounced quite differently then.
Also when Chaucer wrote there WAS no "correct" spelling, as spelling was not stabilized for another couple of centuries. Many people didn't even spell their own names with any consistency.
Well, my copy of the Canterbury Tales has a pronunciation guide that indicates fixed pronunciation of vowels for the Middle English writing (London dialect) that Chaucer used. “Y” was always pronounced as our present-day “long E”, for example, and there were no silent letters whether vowel or consonant; the now-silent digraphs such as “gh” had a guttural pronunciation.
However, I’ll bet you anything you like that Chaucer didn’t write your pronunciation guide. :)
I’m also willing to place a large wager that in original Chaucer manuscripts spelling of the same word is not uniform throughout. Which was my point. At the time there was no such thing as the “right” spelling because spelling had not yet been standardized.
Lots of the silent letters and silent e’s came along as a result of the Great English Vowel Shift, which took place during the same period when the spelling of words was being stabililzed.
What caption are you seeing that has a "r" in prostate?
They've corrected the caption under the photo since I posted my comment yesterday. I had triple-checked it to make sure I was seeing it right before I posted. They originally had prostrate, but have now changed it to prostate.
How clever of you to notice. :)
I specifically noticed because I have a friend who always says prostrate instead of prostate. I’ve never mentioned it to her though.
Well, maybe they were trying to say
“He died, prostrate, of cancer.”
You're telling me, I still haven't gotten over losing Benny Hill.
<was the voice of Paul McCartney in the Beatles film The Yellow Submarine.
What! The Beatles didn’t do their own voices? What next, no Santa Claus?
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