September 17, 2023

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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  • Aboot is actually "A-boat".
    The following is an explanation from raised-in-Canada Ross MacDonald's 1959 detective novel, The Galton Case.

    Dr. Howell: …"There's the question of his speech, for instance. He represents himself as an American, born and raised in the United States."
    Archer: "You're not suggesting he's a foreigner?"
    "I am though. National differences in speech have always interested me, and it happens I've spent some time in central Canada. Have you ever listened to a Canadian pronounce the word 'about'?"
    "If I did, I never noticed. 'About'?"
    "You say aba-oot, more or less. A Canadian pronounces the word more like 'aboat'. And that's the way [suspect character] pronounces it."
    "Are you certain?"
    "Of course I'm certain."
    Archer: "About the theory, I mean?"
    – Chapter 20 extract.


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