To wonder why so many people spell poo as pooh on MN

(56 Posts)
KellyElly Tue 14-May-13 14:22:08

Is it a joke I have missed? Is it now an alternative spelling to poo? To me 'poo' is what comes out of your bum and 'pooh' is a bear called Winnie grin. Someone enlighten me please!

OnTheNingNangNong Tue 14-May-13 17:44:49

I cannot imagine Winnie the Pooh being called Winnie the Shit/crap . hmm

It sounds wrong so a shit is a poo.

Lioninthesun Tue 14-May-13 17:31:42

Pooh is right though, isn't it? confused
Pooh sticks made me feel queasy as a kid wink I never understood where the childish 'poo' crept in, it's the spelling you see on loo walls in rough primary schools grin

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 14-May-13 17:30:31

It's also doughnut, not donut

And window sill as a cill

What is a cill anyway? Is it a thing?

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 14-May-13 17:26:33

People need to distinguish counsellors from councillors, too.....

Vey much different things

InlovewithDavidTennant grin

I laugh every time I think of it.

GibberTheMonkey Tue 14-May-13 17:16:37

He was called Pooh because he had to blow flies off his nose because his arms wouldn't bend
People need to read more

waikikamookau Tue 14-May-13 17:16:35

have googled and it seems I am wrong blush tis poo, pooh apparently is childish.

however whenever I google poo it automatically replaces it with poop. where did that come from confused

GibberTheMonkey Tue 14-May-13 17:14:48

He's not the colour of poo(h). He was a goldenish colour, Christopher Robin's (Christopher Milne's) bear is still around.
Unless of course your poo(h)s are an odd colour

ShatnersBassoon Tue 14-May-13 17:11:36

You need a Tupperware and Gillian McKeith if your poo is the same colour as Winnie. He's a bit 'newborn nappy'.

"its a doggy dog world" grin

that is brilliant! i may have to start saying that instead

Really? He's actually Winnie the Poo? Who knew?

waikikamookau Tue 14-May-13 17:00:05

but winnie the pooh was written before American was discovered wink

and he is winnie the pooh because he is the colour of pooh

MsJupiterJones Tue 14-May-13 16:56:56

I thought pooh was the Americanism and poo was the English spelling (to differentiate from Pooh, innit).

There is clearly some confusion here beyond any of our wildest dreams.

I am right though wink

waikikamookau Tue 14-May-13 16:49:07

but I am not a tad older, at all <<sulks>>

waikikamookau Tue 14-May-13 16:48:23

I THOUGHT Poo was an Americanism

I write pooh, tis correct. so there

and yoghurt

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 14-May-13 16:46:09

Oh god, yes. It drives me nuts. Grrrr.

alienbanana Tue 14-May-13 16:26:51

I think some people consider 'poo' to be vulgar, and spell it 'pooh' because they think its nicer and fluffier. Or something.

Its poo!

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 14-May-13 16:23:48

yoghurt here too.

am reeling at the thought of yoghurty pooh

GibberTheMonkey Tue 14-May-13 16:06:36

Always thought it was poo=shit
Pooh=disgust Pooh=bear of very little brain

And it's definitely yogHurt

LilacBreastedRoller Tue 14-May-13 15:55:36

I was always taught 'pooh' and regarded 'poo' as newfangled.

The full OED online lists 'pooh' as a noun meaning 'Excrement, faeces', noting 'Now usu. in form poo'. 'Poo' is not listed separately for this meaning. So they are acknowledging that a change of spelling has become predominant, but the OED is very much anchored in 'pooh'.

Dawndonna Tue 14-May-13 15:55:33

Those of us who are a tad older were taught pooh and yoghurt.

KellyElly Tue 14-May-13 15:46:16

You can tell I'm just snowed under at work today grin

KellyElly Tue 14-May-13 15:45:51

Back to the good old Oxford Dictionary Yogurt can also be spelled yoghurt or yoghourt: all three are correct.

KellyElly Tue 14-May-13 15:43:55

Isn't yoghurt the English spelling and yogurt the US spelling?

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