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British Holidaying Habits In the late 1970s, air travel became affordable for the average family in the UK, and more people started travelling abroad for their summer holidays. After all, the British weather wasn't very good, even in summer, so a lot of people left the country for a vacation. In the 1980s and the 1990s, young people in the UK became wealthier on average. As a result, they started to go abroad in groups, to places such as Spain and Greece. Once they arrived at their destination, they met with other groups of young people and had one long party. British holidaying habits have begun to change, however. Climate change means that the UK now has a hotter climate, so people do not need to go overseas to find good weather. Also, going abroad is more expensive. As a result, more British people are choosing to spend their summer holidays in the UK.

英国度假习惯 在上世纪70年代,普通英国家庭已经可以负担得起航空旅游了,越来越多的人们选择出国旅游作为他们的度假方式。毕竟,即使在夏天,英国的天气也不是很好,所以许多人选择出国度假。在上世纪80和90年代,英国年轻人富有了许多,他们开始组团出国旅行,如西班牙和瑞典。每当他们到达目的地时,他们会遇见其他跟团旅行的年轻人并和他们共享派对。然而,英国度假方式近几年开始改变了。气候的改变使英国变热了,所以英国人不再需要为寻求好天气而远赴海外。与此同时,出国的花销越来越高,所以英国人现在选择在英国度过他们的暑假。Many have said that sorry is the hardest word but they'd be wrong, linguistically speaking at least.


According to a poll, the word we find hardest to pronounce is 'phenomenon 点击发音'.


Next in the top 10 of tongue-twisters are 'remuneration 点击发音', and 'statistics 点击发音'.


Speakers also have a problem getting their tongue around ethnicity 点击发音, hereditary 点击发音 and particularly 点击发音, according to the body charged with recording public utterances.

根据一个负责对人们在公共场合讲话进行录音的组织发现,讲话者在发音时会遇到困难舌头打结的还有:ethnicity(种族)hereditary(遗传的) 和 particularly(特别地)。

The British Institute Of Verbatim Reporters (BIVR) is the UK’s leading organisation for professionals involved in taking down speech at court and tribunal hearings.


A poll of its members found 10 words that Britons consistently find the most challenging to pronounce.


Completing the list are conjugal 点击发音, specific 点击发音, processes 点击发音 and development 点击发音.

这十个词中还包括:“conjugal”(婚姻的), “specific”(特殊的), “processes”(过程)和“development”(发展)。

Leah Willersdorf, of the BIVR, said: ‘We work with many different types of professionals and hear all kinds of voices during our work.


‘However, when it comes to the English language it always seems to be the same few words that verbally trip people up, with the speaker having to repeat the word in order to get it right, or just abandoning their attempts and moving on.’


BIVR members were quizzed by the team behind the popular word game Scrabble.


According to the words buffs, one in 10 players admit to being reluctant to producing words that they cannot pronounce.


Scrabble is a favourite with British families over the festive period, with an estimated 11 million going head to head on Boxing Day, according to its makers.


University of York sociolinguistics expert Professor Paul Kerswill said the English language has evolved to compensate for tricky pronunciations but some words remain a challenge.


He said: ‘People always find a way of simplifying words that they find difficult to get their tongues round, so that an everyday word like ‘handbag’ sounds like ‘hambag’.


‘Our forebears simplified ‘waistcoat’ to ‘weskit’ - but we’ve turned our backs on that.


‘We certainly don’t pronounce Worcester and Gloucester the way they are spelt any more. And ‘York’ used to have three syllables, not one.


‘And most people talk about ‘Febry’ and ‘Wensday’.’


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