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Old 08-03-2009, 04:45 AM
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Originally Posted by FourDeer View Post
Scifisam2009 and G. Odoreida both objected to my attempted explanation for why Eleanorigby didn’t get the Diagon Alley joke. Where, they ask, did I get that notion of a British version of “diagonally”?

From a televised interview with J.K. Rowling, actually; that is (VERY approximately) how she pronounced it, I thought. I assumed it was typical; perhaps she was just using that emphasis to make the joke work.
I haven't seen that and I don't know what her reasons for saying it like that were, but DIaGONally isn't the way British people pronounce the word. Anyway, doesn't it spoil the joke by burying the 'a' of 'ally'?