Since I mentioned the yarn dyer Ewe Momma in the previous post, it occurred to me this could be a good time for a public service announcement of sorts.
The word Ewe.
Knitters use it for all manner of puns. But not everyone is aware, that there are different ways to pronounce it, depending on your geographical location.
Given the nature of most of the existing puns, it seems the majority of English speakers tend to pronounce ‘ewe' as you.
Hence: Do Ewe Knit?
However, in the northwest of Ireland, and especially in rural areas, the word 'ewe 'is pronounced yo.
Hence: Ewe Momma!
That’s right: If you pronounce it correctly, it sounds like you are saying Yo’ Momma! Get it? It’s, like, supposed to be funny?
Ok, maybe not so much once I had to explain it. But the number of times I’ve heard people mispronounce this dyer’s name made me realise something had to be done. Some people were clearly missing out on the pun!
And FYI, Ewe Momma - aka Tracey (pictured here at Woollinn with Terri of Fine Fish Yarns, and a rather deranged-looking me) - is a fabulous yarn dyer based in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, where she now also has a brick & mortar yarn shop. Should you ever find yourself in the area, Enniskillen is quite beautiful, with cafe-lined cobblestone streets, surrounded by lakes and mountains.
Tracey’s shop is situated right in the old town centre, so be sure to pay her a visit - and amaze her with your correct regional pronunciation of ewe.