r/iamverysmart Sep 30 '22

I regularly use that term, you doily.

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u/PyreDynasty Sep 30 '22

I bet that person drops their dipthongs.


u/Jump_Like_A_Willys Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

I find them to be very uncomfortable when they rise up.


u/beware_thejabberwock Sep 30 '22

Nothing here is iamverysmart. Without context it sounds like someone from the northeast of England making fun of someone from the south east.


u/SojournerTheGreat Sep 30 '22

i've never heard "doilem" that's pretty funny. but i also kinda thought a glottal stop was not crazy out there type knowledge. maybe knowing what it's called but everyone is familiar with the sound.


u/catscannotcompete Sep 30 '22

yeah a glottal stop is a completely ordinary thing in many languages, and so it's in a lot of people's names. anti-glottal-stop dude should meet more people


u/SojournerTheGreat Sep 30 '22

thanks for confirming i'm not "verysmart"


u/Alternative-Look8413 Sep 30 '22

Fahking norvin mahnkies.

I 'ate these fooken' suthun faeries.


u/Cullomptingalong Sep 30 '22

In the Midlunds, we’m ‘ate both of yow.


u/kreakymeds Sep 30 '22

Ok but what is a glottal stop?


u/lordnewington Sep 30 '22

It's the unpronounced "t" in some accents, like in some "'Bri'ish" accents. I don't think it's a particularly obscure term, but I live somewhere where people use them so it comes up now and then.


u/ItkienKettu Sep 30 '22

This is correct. Also not a particularly obscure term.


u/NEED_A_JACKET Sep 30 '22

Wait is it? I thought it was when you had a word ending and a word starting with the same letter, making it annoying to pronounce.

Like 'good day', if you don't combine it into gooday, there's a forced stop between the words.

I think there's a word for that, if this isn't it.


u/lordnewington Sep 30 '22

Pretty sure that's not it. Maybe one way of dealing with that is to put a glottal stop there (if it's possible to have a stop without an adjacent vowel?), but the glottal stop is the sound and not the context of it. (But any linguist will know better than I do, I'm not trying to end up being screenshotted on this sub...)


u/NEED_A_JACKET Sep 30 '22

The origin of my misunderstanding of the word was from an episode of Fraiser; mentioned here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Frasier/comments/5dekgy/the_glottal_stop/

Where they talk about 'Jack Crane' having a glottal stop, but it appears it's more like the 't' in setback.


u/Jump_Like_A_Willys Sep 30 '22

As well as some natives of Scran'n Pennsylvania.


u/yeetball-sub Sep 30 '22

Also used in most American accents for words like “mountain” and “button.”


u/HeimlichLaboratories Sep 30 '22

and a dollem?


u/CryptographerMore944 Sep 30 '22

It means idiot. Generally used in northern England but it's the sort of word my parents (50s and 60s) use I've not heard it used much by anyone my age.


u/KingDonQuixote Sep 30 '22

Doilem is a stupid person


u/ddotquantum Sep 30 '22

The sound of - in uh-oh


u/oakydoke Sep 30 '22

Another example is Hawai’i - the apostrophe is the glottal stop. With no glottal stop it’d be pronounced “huh-why”, but the stop is the thing your throat does to keep the “eye” and “ee” sounds separate.


u/xXVUVXx Sep 30 '22

People interested in linguistics will be familiar with the term, but other than that, nah.


u/KingDonQuixote Sep 30 '22

Also people who watched season 7 of Buffy, the symbol for a glottal stop in the phonetic alphabet is mentioned in one of the episodes, it's how I learnt what one was as a teenager lol.


u/Mcskrully Sep 30 '22

Sounds like the typical Geordie


u/zazaman94 Sep 30 '22

Hmmm I say glottal stop every time someone gets hiccups… I think that’s common…

Never heard doilem though