wanta / wanna
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Thu Jul 18 20:45:34 UTC 2002
In a message dated 7/18/02 4:28:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU writes:
> >In a recent Fanta ad on TV, young women dance and chant: "Wanta Fanta?
> >you wanna?" I wonder:
> >how long "wanta" will be spelled "wanta" (the text is shown in the ad)
> >that "wanta" and "wanna" are homophones;
> >whether it is still possible to pronounce "want a" with /t/;
> >how come the manufacturers don't seem to fear losing the /t/ in "Fanta"
> >(just kidding)...
> One problem, if it is a problem, is that "Fanta" for me (and I assume
> others) doesn't come close to rhyming with "wanta" with or without a
> t in the latter. This is an orthographic rhyme but not a real one.
> Or do they pronounce it [fant@], with a back vowel?
Take one look at the spelling "Fanta" and its seems obvious that it is short
for "fantasy" or "fantasia" or some such, and therefore should rhyme with
I don't understand why the slogan wasn't written "Wanta Fanta? Don't you
wanta", but as the old Winston cigarette commercials demonstrated, Madison
Avenue is shaky on English grammar.
- Jim Landau
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