RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Mon Aug 7 18:09:35 UTC 2000

In a message dated 8/7/2000 1:31:26 PM, laurence.horn at YALE.EDU writes:

<< why don't Americans say POOT-yin or POOCH-in?

well, the former is too un-American-sounding, and the latter is
pre-empted by the term (possibly not yet attested) for a
demonstration of dogs and dog-owners protesting rabid enforcement of
leash laws.

larry >>

hee-hee--but better dogs than methane!

And of course POOCH-IN can't have a schwa in the second syllable, whereas
PUTIN can--virtually must.

I'm sure I've heard PUTIN pronounced with a glottal stop in the middle and a
syllabic final /n/--totally indistinguishable from the the euphemism for

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