View Poll Results: How do you pronounce wheelbarrow
barrow/borrow 89 76.07%
barrel 14 11.97%
Other 13 11.11%
Whats a wheelbarrow? 1 0.85%
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:31 PM
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How do pronounce wheelbarrow?

inspired by a incident at Home Depot. Do you have a "wheel borrow" huh?? she says? "wheel borrow" huh? finally I say it wrong "wheel barrel" oh yeah Aisle 10.

I've always heard it as wheel borrow but spelled barrow.

when did people start calling it wheel barrel?

Bonus points if you can explain the word origins of barrow and why it has a wheel.

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Old 06-22-2012, 01:35 PM
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inspired by a incident at Home Depot. Do you have a "wheel borrow" huh?? she says? "wheel borrow" huh? finally I say it wrong "wheel barrel" oh yeah Aisle 10.

I've always heard it as wheel borrow but spelled barrow.

when did people start calling it wheel barrel?

Bonus points if you can explain the word origins of barrow and why it has a wheel.
Wheelbarrow here, never wheelborrow.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:37 PM
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I'm not sure what you're asking. Around here it's spelled 'wheelbarrow' and rhymes with 'Where oh.' Never ever said "borrow" as in "sorrow."
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:38 PM
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"Wheelbārrow," like it's spelt.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:39 PM
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Isn't barrow and borrow prounced about the same? you roll the "rrr" sound a bit more in barrow like barr-ah vs barr-oh but they are close. Especially if you say it in a hurry.


There are many people that say wheel barrel. I have No idea why. Home Depot lady sure knew wheel barrel.

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Old 06-22-2012, 01:40 PM
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Rhymes with "narrow."

There is no such word as "norrow." Or "wheelborrow."
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:42 PM
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Wheelbarrow rhymes with Steel Arrow.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:42 PM
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I'm somewhere between "barrow" and "burruh." But definitely not "borrow" or "barrel."
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:45 PM
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Here's the Merriam-Webster approved pronounciation - Click Here

Just like it's spelled - barrow.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:51 PM
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I'm somewhere between "barrow" and "burruh." But definitely not "borrow" or "barrel."
So you have a little accent affecting the proper pronunciation, which you know, so it's as good as saying wheelbarrow. Anyone who thinks it's actually pronounced wheelborrow, must not get out much, since that's also just some accent.

But for someone who says wheelbarrel, can you read?

Also, a barrow is some kind of box, not necessarily on wheels. In To Sir with Love, one of the students feels he doesn't need much education because he'll get to work his family's barrow, a street sales stand.

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Old 06-22-2012, 02:09 PM
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Another vote for "steel arrow" pronunciation, but I can say that I have seen home-made wheelbarrels.

Don't know if there really is such a thing, but cut a wine barrel in half, bolt on some wheels and handles and there it is.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:11 PM
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I pronounce it the normal way, like it's spelled.

Side note: I always pick either the dog or the wheelbarrow when I play Monopoly. In the unfortunate circumstance that they're both taken, I have to settle for the car.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:13 PM
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I think I may have pronounced it "wheel barrel" when I was 6, when I would ask my grandfather to give me a ride around the yard in it. But then I learned how to pronounce words correctly. Wheelbarrow (wheel arrow, not wheel sorrow).
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:14 PM
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Wheelbarrow here, never wheelborrow.
Exactly.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:37 PM
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Side note: I always pick either the dog or the wheelbarrow when I play Monopoly. In the unfortunate circumstance that they're both taken, I have to settle for the car.
What?!?! Everybody wants the car.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:38 PM
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I make sure to over-pronounce the "h."
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:40 PM
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I pronounce it the normal way, like it's spelled.

Side note: I always pick either the dog or the wheelbarrow when I play Monopoly. In the unfortunate circumstance that they're both taken, I have to settle for the car.
That's a crazy family you've got there!

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Old 06-22-2012, 02:43 PM
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Bonus points if you can explain the word origins of barrow and why it has a wheel.
Desmond is credited with naming it. He had one in the marketplace because he bankrolled Molly who was a singer in a band. He put a big wheel on it to reflect his stature in the biz.

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Old 06-22-2012, 02:44 PM
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I hate to admit it, but my hick upbringing means I say wheelburrow as you would say if you were talking about a critters hole in the ground. Oddly enough I do say barrow for the two person hand carried cart that most people would call a litter if they even know what to call the device.

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Old 06-22-2012, 02:50 PM
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Oh I missed the bonus question barrow has it's root in the Old English word for basket, a barrow is a cart or similar to a litter,that is carried by two people. When you add a wheel and reduce the required manpower by 1/2 you get the wheelbarrow.
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:39 PM
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Wheel-barrow, just as it's spelled.

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Isn't barrow and borrow prounced about the same? .
Uh, no.
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:52 PM
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What?!?! Everybody wants the car.
Dog. Or boot. Or dog-in-the-boot, if at all possible.


Wheelbarrow, definitely an 'a'.
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:56 PM
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Isn't barrow and borrow prounced about the same? you roll the "rrr" sound a bit more in barrow like barr-ah vs barr-oh but they are close. Especially if you say it in a hurry.
Barrow is "bear-oh." Borrow is "bah-ro." At least in Minnesota, we say "wheel-bear-oh."

"Wheel-barrel" is wrong everywhere.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:07 PM
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I'm somewhere between "barrow" and "burruh." But definitely not "borrow" or "barrel."
Ah Yeay-up. That's how it's sed. ::puts thumbs under armpits::


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Old 06-22-2012, 04:12 PM
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Dog. Or boot. Or dog-in-the-boot, if at all possible.


Wheelbarrow, definitely an 'a'.
Those are always available, because people only want the car. Just think about it. Someone offers you for free a boot, a flatiron, a thimble, a wheelbarrow, a dog, or a car? Who wouldn't take the car?

Alright, really, I love dogs, so the dog is real tempting. But I already the best dog ever, so I'd definitely take the car right now.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:13 PM
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I definitely say 'barrow'. It's on the same list as 'spigot' is in my brain. I make the effort and make a deliberate pronunciation.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:13 PM
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My mom's family name is Barrows, pronounced "borrows," and even they rhyme it with arrow. Not sure I've ever heard wheelbOrrow.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:14 PM
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Barrow is "bear-oh." Borrow is "bah-ro." At least in Minnesota, we say "wheel-bear-oh."

"Wheel-barrel" is wrong everywhere.
Sure, another regional variation. But you don't think you're saying 'barrel' when you say 'bear-oh'. It's just how you say 'barrow'.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:27 PM
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"wheel-bear-oh"

Barrow is pronounced bear-oh. Borrow is pronounced bar-oh. They aren't the same in my region, nor in any accent I've ever heard.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:36 PM
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What?!?! Everybody wants the car.
Sorry, I got for the dog, too.

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Barrow is "bear-oh." Borrow is "bah-ro." At least in Minnesota, we say "wheel-bear-oh."

"Wheel-barrel" is wrong everywhere.
I'd say bear-oh, but I'd understand (and probably mis-hear) barrel.

And I can never hear "wheelbarrow" without thinking of Grandma Dorothy's Cousin-in Law, Buster. But that would be a thread hijack.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:47 PM
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Whee-ul Barrah. Cuz I tawk lock iyuss.
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inspired by a incident at Home Depot. Do you have a "wheel borrow" huh?? she says? "wheel borrow" huh? finally I say it wrong "wheel barrel" oh yeah Aisle 10.

I've always heard it as wheel borrow but spelled barrow.

when did people start calling it wheel barrel?

Bonus points if you can explain the word origins of barrow and why it has a wheel.
Wheel borrow? I have never in my life heard it pronounced this way.

I also think the Home Depot sales clerk probably heard "bah-roh" even though you said "bah-rel" I've only heard kids pronounce it 'wheel barrel', and not really often.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:41 PM
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I couldn't choose the first because I don't hear barrow and borrow as sounding the same. But wheel barrow to rhyme with narrow is how I pronounce it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:46 PM
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It's been so long since I've seen that word written down, I forgot it wasn't wheelbarrel, as that's what everyone around here says.
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Wheelbarrow rhymes with Steel Arrow.
^^ This is how I say it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:53 PM
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I worked with an old coot who used only two syllables for the word.

He only knew about a dozen words to start with.

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Old 06-22-2012, 05:58 PM
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'Wheel barrow, just as spelt. If I'm slurring my speech a bit, it may be more like 'wheel burrow', or even 'whee uh burrow'.

Borrow (which isn't pronounced bar oh - both the os are pronounced the same) and barrel are right out.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:12 PM
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The Cockney rhyming slang for wheelbarrow is "straight and narrow," not "bitter sorrow."
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:15 PM
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Wheel-bear-oh.

btw, borrow, for me, is pronounced 'boar-oh'.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:06 PM
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Isn't barrow and borrow prounced about the same?
Not close in my dialect. One has a short "a" (//), the other has a vowel closer to an "ah," like /ɒ/ or /ɑ/ (the way I say it.)
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:08 PM
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The thread reminded me of when I thought acorns were egg-corns.

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But for someone who says wheelbarrel, can you read?
I had a roommate who was surprised when I showed him that it is not spelled "barrel". I'm assuming he didn't see the word much when he was learning to read. Once he became a competent enough reader so as to no longer look at individual letters and words when he read, his mind probably just inserted what he assumed he'd been hearing all along. Once he stopped to actually look, he noticed.
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I pronounce it "awfuck", as in "Awfuck, the wife wants me to haul another yard of topsoil to the back beds."
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:24 PM
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If I really see fit to annoy my husband, I revert back to my hillbilly ways, and call it a 'wheelberry'. Makes him grit his teeth EVERY time.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:16 PM
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Isn't barrow and borrow prounced about the same?
No, the first vowel is significantly different.

As to other questions as to how it's pronounced, the "w" is supposed to be silent, right? Oh, what do I know. Spelled out what I say is pretty close to baa(like a sheep says)-rO, but you can barely hear the r.
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Stewie Griffin: "Hweel-barrow"
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:48 AM
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The thread reminded me of when I thought acorns were egg-corns.

I had a roommate who was surprised when I showed him that it is not spelled "barrel". I'm assuming he didn't see the word much when he was learning to read. Once he became a competent enough reader so as to no longer look at individual letters and words when he read, his mind probably just inserted what he assumed he'd been hearing all along. Once he stopped to actually look, he noticed.
Yeah, I know. I've made some pretty dumb mistakes like that. Even when I see contradictory evidence, I just end up reinforcing the original wrong concept. This one seems so basic, but I suppose someone growing up in a city in these modern times may never see the word spelled, or even heard it rarely. Or they may have just heard it from crazy old Uncle Bob, and never realized it was just one more of those things he didn't do quite right.
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:57 AM
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My mom's family name is Barrows, pronounced "borrows," and even they rhyme it with arrow.
If "Barrows" rhymes with "arrows" (which it does), how is it pronounced "borrows"?
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:02 AM
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Exactly how it looks, and I do not hesitate to correct anyone pronouncing it "wheelbarrel."
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:51 AM
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Pronounced wheel-bear-a, and is used if the job is small enough that you don't need a sled.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:53 AM
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Barrow. Unless it had crackers or cheese in it.
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