• Cambridge, England
1 Jan 08
Well, I should say that you know your unyuns, Nannacroc! The editor of the The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology (1966), C.T.Onions, however, pronounced his NAME as if it were an Irish name (which it may have been) ... O'Nions to rhyme with O'Ryans. I don't think I have ever heard anyone pronounce 'onions' as 'on-yons' (but I have heard something approaching 'own-yuns', I believe). There are people about (especially in Cambridge) who have a very 'individual' idea about speaking the English language! Did you know, by the way, that to eat a raw onion is a very good cure for a head cold. Another remedy is to stick an onion with cloves, boil it in milk then eat the onion and drink the (hot) milk. Neither really appeal to me! Onions (and garlic) contain excellent anti-bacterial agents, so both are very healthy to eat. An onion also contains as much sugar as an apple and nearly as much vitamin C.