POTTER/PUTTER?

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POTTER/PUTTER?

Post by trolley » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:35 pm

I was reading something, this morning, about a man who heard a noise in his back yard and assumed it was his neighbor “pottering” around on the other side of the fence. That was a new one, for me. I have only ever “puttered”. In fact, it is one of my favourite pastimes. I putter in the kitchen, the garden, my workshop. I look forward to retirement, when I can take up puttering full-time. The only pottering I’ve ever done was when I took a course in throwing clay. Is “pottering” (in the pleasant, trivial work sense) more common where you are? Do you potter or putter?
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Post by tony h » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:20 pm

My dictionary puts putter as a US equivalent of potter. We potter.

P.S. how do you pronounce "putter".
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Post by trolley » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:32 pm

It's the same pronunciation as the golf club....rhymes with butter.
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Post by Bobinwales » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:46 pm

We very definitely potter,
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