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Please someone end this debate, but please provide reference...

How do you pronounce Powell

 

rhymes with towel or soul?

 

Thank you in advance!

Carol

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His late daughter, the Hon, Betty Clay, informed me some years ago that BP himself rhymed it was Noel (or soul if you like). However, her husband, Gervas, always pronounced it as rhyming with towel.

 

The ditty is:

 

Man, Matron, Maiden,

Please rhyme it with Baden.

And as for Powell

Please rhyme it with Noel.

 

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The Christmas "Noel" has umlautes making it "No-el". No umlauts is in the name "Noel" as in the playwright. BP refers to the latter.

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Though I have always heard and used the "towel" version, a Google search (pronounce baden powell) bings a myriad sites, not related to Scouting, that say it is "POE' l". This should be in the Handbook! ;)

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