I must do my irony

A French former colleague of mine talked sometimes about doing her ironing. When she did, she pronounced the ‘r’ sound (a rhotic sound, rhotic from the Greek letter rho: ρ). This always made me think she was announcing a switch into an ironic mode.

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  1. When I was a graduate student in Newfoundland, another student (a native Newfoundlander) knocked on the door of my room and asked: “Have you go a hiron?”
    In response to my puzzled silence, he added: “A hiron. For hironing clothes”.

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