funex79 at SLONET.ORG
Mon Dec 3 21:43:36 UTC 2001
I more often hear realtors pronounced REEL a tors.
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From: "sagehen" <sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM>
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Sent: Monday, December 03, 2001 12:22 PM
Subject: Re: DEE-fense
> >A semi-related question: does anybody know anything about the
> >pronunciation of "defendant" with fully-realized ash (rather than schwa)
> >in the last syllable? I get the impression it's a Northeast (NYC?)
> >lawyer/police-speak feature, presumably a spelling-pronunciation in
> >origin. I only heard it for the first time a couple of years ago in
> >Falls on Manhattan" (1997), but I'm guessing it's probably been around a
> >while. Is it limited to law-enforcement authorities and legal
> >professionals in certain regions, or...?
> >Ben Fortson
> This reminds me of a somewhat similar instance of spelling-pronunciation:
> a bit of radio spam that refers to the National Association of RealtORs.
> assume most people give the last syllable a schwa.....?
> billionbridges says: "I live 50 kilometres south of Toronto".........on a
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