Quotation from A history of the cries of London ancient (p23). Refer to What does “him as writ plays” mean? enter image description here

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    A playhouse near there?
    – mplungjan
    Mar 12, 2013 at 8:52
  • It is difficult to see why this anonymous informant should manage to refer to the Bard's dwelling as an 'ouse just after adopting a very different pronunciation for playhouse.
    – Fortiter
    Mar 12, 2013 at 10:30
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    @Fortiter Because in London the term playhouse was the original generic term; The Theatre was the name of a specific playhouse, built by James Burbage in 1576. When theatre was adopted in polite and literary uses, playhouse remained in the vernacular and, without orthorgraphic reinforcement, underwent ordinary reduction, like bosun, or grindstone, which is reported as /'grɪnstən/ in Appalachia. Mar 12, 2013 at 11:27
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    @Fortiter - I offer this explanation. "playhouse" is stressed on the first syllable. The second syllable of playhouse" is de-stressed and therefore sounds closer to a schwa. However, in the word " 'ouse", there is one stressed syllable. Jul 20, 2015 at 22:36

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I think it means "a theater is near there". mplungjan is correct about playus being playhouse.

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    Yes, platypus doesn't really fit the bill. Mar 12, 2013 at 9:29
  • I guess I should have posted as an answer then...
    – mplungjan
    Mar 12, 2013 at 9:52

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