Random thoughts of Terry Hamblin about leukaemia, literature, poetry, politics, religion, cricket and music.
Collins English Dictionary retch (rɛtʃ, riːtʃ)Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryPronunciation: /ˈrech, esp British ˈrēch/"Let's call the whole thing off";)
Whose language is it anyway?
The only thing I am "reaching" for after chemo is the door handle...The pronunciation and the spelling of 'retch' is a 'stretch'...God Bless,
The word was originally spelled 'reach' but in the 16th century, the spelling (though not the pronunciation) changed to retch. The original spelling is retained in Midlands dialects. The Concise Oxford Dictionary only gives the long 'e' verion.
well viva la difference, sayeth the American who speaks American English, and rarely reaches when he retches (that is reaching the emesis basin or porcelain throne, aka toilet)
I was reminded of a line from My Fair Lady--in America, they haven't used it [English] for years.I am praying for your complete recovery, beyond anything I can think or ask.Carter in Texas
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