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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 '13 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 '13 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. – StoneyB Mar 12 '13 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. – chasly from UK Jul 20 '15 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. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 12 '13 at 9:29
  • I guess I should have posted as an answer then... – mplungjan Mar 12 '13 at 9:52

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