Posted by ESC on February 08, 2004
In Reply to: Bears posted by Henry on February 08, 2004
: : in the first chapter of the "enchanted castle" by Edith Nesbit (children book) Gerald, Jimmy and Kathy come across a tunner, the elder brother, Gerald says:
: : "...because after all there might be somebody about, and the other arch might be and ice-house or something dangerous".
: : "What?" asked Kathleen anxiously.
: : "Bears, perphaps," said Berald briefly.
: : "there aren't any bears without bars - in England, anyway." said Jimmy. "They call *bears bars* in America," he added absently.
: : obviously *bear bars* is a kind of pun, or playing with the sounds, do I miss some hidden meaning in it, or any cultural hint?
: : my thanks!!!
: No further meaning that I can see.
: Bears without bars - bears not in cages.
: They pronounce 'bears' 'bars' in America.
: Absently means absent mindedly.
: A tunnel, I presume, in the text. An ice-house is an underground room to store ice in for use in summer.
It refers to how "bear" is pronounced in a region of the U.S. -- "bar."