wanta / wanna

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Thu Jul 18 22:13:02 UTC 2002

At 03:18 PM 7/18/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>Maybe the reason we haven't discussed this is that it's uninteresting or too
>annoying, but here goes just in case:
>In a recent Fanta ad on TV, young women dance and chant: "Wanta Fanta? Don't
>you wanna?" I wonder:
>how long "wanta" will be spelled "wanta" (the text is shown in the ad) given
>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)...

But (city) New Yorkers would pronounce "wanta" with /t/, wouldn't
they?  That would trigger the rhyme, even if we wouldn't ordinarily
pronounce the drink name with /a/.  Did the ad originate in New York, I wonder?

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