flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Wed Jul 21 18:52:33 UTC 1999
I have a belated comment on the subject heading of this old note (not on
the content of the message, sorry): Others probably noticed that for
weeks/months on NPR one of the announcers referred to the North[wEstr at n]
Mutual Life underwriters (@=schwa). Someone must have gotten to him
eventually, so now he says North[wEst at r@n]--substituting epenthesis for
metathesis. I caught the first pronunciation particularly because my
brother in Minneapolis metathesizes "western," even though we didn't grow
up doing so. Is this a recent change in progress? (I'm aware that Old or
Middle English--can't remember which--did so, as in 'children' and
At 10:55 PM 6/13/99 -0400, you wrote:
>"Dennis R. Preston" wrote
> (Now for real confusion, I bet y'all Northerners don't know who's looking
> for what in such utterances as "I'm going to get me some cock.")
>When I first met Karl Nicholas (from Mississippi), one of the first things
>he said to me (from North Carolina) was, "I bet you were in the service
>before you found out that 'cock' meant 'penis'." Since then he and I have
>occasionally puzzled over the etymology of the ' female pudenda' usage.
>After returning from a conference in Jamaica, he reported his encounter with
>a little girl who offered to show him her 'cockle.' On the other hand, I
>found that Coca-Cola had problems in Denmark until it learned that 'coke'
>meant 'female pudenda.'
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