Got Nuts?


This little critter was basking in the morning sun outside the front door, contemplating what hole he can find to enter the inner walls of our This Old House and wreak havoc.

Chore laden day – readying dining room table with extra leaves, getting down extra chairs, changing lightbulbs, packing for North Carolina, setting the DVR to record next weeks Tournament of Champions, and getting Mr. EOS to take apart an upstairs sink faucet to see why the water pressure is next to nil. And no, the screen is not even on, so that’s not the problem. Always something in an old house.

Other than that, can you tell us how YOU would pronounce QUAY, and/or QUAYSIDE.

We’re having a difference of opinion here. I say KAY. Mr. EOS says KEY. Mr. 85 Broad, your’re the ex-Navy man, you should know. The online dictionaries offer up both.

Gorgeously perfect day here. Bright sun, and man, that moon last night. It was full, I’m sure. So crazy beautiful and bright it was like having a light on in the bedroom.

Happy Saturday.

18 thoughts on “Got Nuts?

  1. We get critters all year but more like bugs and snakes, not chipmunks and mice. Have a great road trip. Looking forward to photos.

  2. Learned this on Dolphin Cove Quay!
    My creative pronunciation was Kway…….wrong
    It is “Key” for English oriented speakers.
    ‘Kay’ seems Frenchy to me, qu’est que c’est. ??spelling??
    Means something parallel to waterfront.

  3. The Oxford American Dictionary has “key” as the primary pronunciation, although, as with so much in the English language, mispronuciation has become so pandemic that the dictionary allows for “kay” as well.

    1. Now do Maine and New Hampshire. Each needs a translation, although Maine has very different local twang than very rural NH. Swanton can likely attest to that because her family had a house there for some years. Take a town like Boscawen NH. Locals pronounce is Boss’quine.

      Here’s another pronunciation quiz:
      What is the correct pronunciation of the River Kwai. Your time starts now….

        1. When we were in Southeast Asia, we were told Kwai is officially pronounced Quare, like Square without the S. Kwai pronounced Kwhy means water buffalo.

          I tripped across a blog that is about Thai life and she lived/s near the river and she too was told Quare is the preferred pronunciation.

      1. To my ear, the strong accents of northern New England are disappearing. I still hear a distinctive voice every now and then but it’s been a while since I had to listen carefully to understand.
        I don’t know if it’s correct but Kwai is kwigh as in high.

  4. Quay = key in my book. How do you say ‘buoy’ as in a channel market? Is it boy or boo-ee? I pronounced it ‘boy’ for many years but now say boo ee more often than not.

    1. Interesting. I say boo-ee but lots of people say Boy

      “The pronunciation of buoy. How did the word buoy come to be pronounced “BOO-ee” in most of the US? The British pronunciation “BOY” as in the word buoyancy or buoyant (which both countries pronounce the same.”

      1. I am hooked on your blog
        Had to look into the buoy thing

        Found this
        A ship is always called ‘She’ because she is sometimes attached to a buoy.

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