Folk Awareness oif Dialect
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Tue Dec 5 16:18:29 UTC 2000
<In Virginia we say "my ahnt lives in Stanton," while a typical yankee would
ant lives in Stahnton." Nobody is consistent, except maybe in Boston.>
Phil replied: The city of Taunton is located 30-odd miles south of Boston. Most Bostonians
call the place "Tawnton" (as in "taunt"); the natives call it something like
"Tahnton" (as in "aunt," which does not rhyme with "ant").
I heartily second Phil. Aunt does not rhyme with ant in Tahnton. Also located in the vicinity is Worcester, Mass, pronounced
"Wooster", not like "Worchester" in England.
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