43 thoughts on “How Now Brown Cow?”

  1. I’ve been chased by cows (in my opinion the hell’s angels of cows: Scottish Highland) – but I had to grin at the “How now brown cow” line. My voice coach at university had me do this line over and over and over again for the better part of two years!

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  2. Lovely from a distance. Although I have a dog who loves cows and they seem to love him back, so I have spent a bit of time closer to cows than I would like of late!

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  3. They do seem to watching you back with a high level of curiosity.
    My mother used to teach “speech and drama” and when I was quite small she had a few elocution students she taught at home. She refused to use the cliched “how now brown cow” etc, but I still recall her using “the moan of doves in immemorial elms …”, which my sister and I liked to (annoyingly) repeat to each other and practice saying our mmms. Thanks for triggering that memory!

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      1. I had not heard about Estuary English before. So interesting. Thanks for the introduction. I am thinking Russell Brand.
        Despite my mother’s best endeavours, we have ended up with local accents. But then she grew up with a regional accent too (drummed out of her at drama school), judging from her parents’ rather gentle Herefordshire accents …

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