mlee303 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Dec 3 10:50:27 UTC 1999
Virginia Beach (Va. Beach)is "Vah Beach."
--- "Simon,Beth" <Simon at IPFW.EDU> wrote:
> Madison WI is "Mad-Town".
> In Des Moines, one hears residents consciously and
> derisively say [dEz moynz]
> or, occasionally, [dEz moynEz] (where capped E = mid
> front lax), presumably
> to dig a big sarcastic ditch between us, who know it
> is [d@ moyn] (where
> @=schwa) and them who say [dez moynz] in ignorance,
> or on analogy with [dEs
> plenz] .
> beth simon
> Joseph McCollum wrote:
> > In the sports pages, it's usually "Cincy," "Indy"
> (not "Indie,")
> > "Philly," and "Frisco."
> > I lived in Ann Arbor for six years, and I never
> heard it called "Narber,"
> > and definitely not written that way -- "A^2," said
> "A-squared," yes, but
> > not "Narber."
> > Also I've seen and heard "Nawlins" for "New
> Orleans," and "The 'burgh"
> > for "Pittsburgh" although the latter is not
> abbreviating the city name.
> > In re "The Third Degree" -- what are the "First"
> and "Second" degrees?
> > Are they more or less severe than The Third
> > First degree murder is a more severe crime than
> third degree murder, but
> > then a third degree burn (charring of the skin) is
> more severe than a
> > first degree burn (just redness).
Margaret G. Lee, Associate Professor,English & Linguistics
Department of English
Hampton, VA 23668
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