Anne Gilbert avgilbert at PRODIGY.NET
Thu Jul 11 17:17:33 UTC 2002


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dennis R. Preston" <preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU>
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 4:41 AM
Subject: Re: hawk/hock

> Nope! No confusion here in phonology or lexicon. I have (at least)
> "hawk" (v.) 1. to peddle aggressively, 2. to attend to or watch
> carefully (as in "ball-hawk" in hoops), and 3. a sport using birds
> (called "falconry" by the elite).
> None of these are related to "hock," but it's easy to see how the
> morally inadequate vowel conflaters among use might see a
> relationship between the first verb "hawk" and "hock."

INteresting.  I've *always* pronounced "hock" and "hawk"(the bird, at least)
differently.  Maybe other parts of the country are different from the
Pacific Northwest in this respect?
Anne G

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