What misspellings can tell the reader about the underlying speech: This shop on Portobello Road had three or four hand-written signs indicating the prices of various types of “scalf”:

'scalf' on a sign in London
And even more scalves.

No rhotic speaker (who would pronounce the R in scarf) would have chosen this spelling.

1 comment(s) for 'London signage 01: And the plural would be “scalves”?'

  1. (Comment, 2006-05-18 21:25 )
    #1 — edda

    könnte eine Assimilation an das häufigere ‘half’ vorliegen? herzlichst, DE