June 08, 2006

British Peculiarities IV: English Animal Sounds

I’ve recently been made aware of the fact that animals on the British Isles speak a different language than their brethren in the Dutch Low Lands. In fact, in England animals make weird sounds.

Whereas, for example, horse in Holland make the perfectly comprehensible sound “hi-i-i-i-i [indefinite number of iiis]”, their English counterpart is reported to say “nay! nay!”, seemingly indicating there is something they don’t want to happen.

Our pigs make happy and satisfied sounds. They regularly say “knor, knor”. In England, they utter the utterly incomprehensible “oink oink”.

Our ducks say “kwek” or “kwak”. I’m not sure what English ducks would say in similar situations.


- 5 comments by 1 or more people

  1. What a funny entry

    08 Jun 2006, 23:19

  2. Cat

    Ducks in England normally say 'quack'!

    09 Jun 2006, 01:05

  3. Are you sure it is not the Dutch animals that are spectacularly peculiar? After all, what sort of pig groans "knor, knor" ?

    09 Jun 2006, 10:33

  4. Pigs dont say knor, nor do they say oink. they grunt. eekheeeeeaaaahhhh is my best written version of hte noise, but you have to invert the sound. if that makes sense. lol. and the kh is meant the way the germans sach ch in ich. grunt. lol.

    09 Jun 2006, 17:00

  5. Different, not peculiar. :–)

    Though "quack" sounds vaguely related to "kwak". At least the same linguistic group!

    10 Jun 2006, 12:04


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