Kregg vs. Craig

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Sat Jul 20 12:47:24 UTC 2002

Nope. larry ill-advisedly spells the plural of "Mary" as "Maries" and
you took it (quite reasonably) to be "Marie," which of course all of
us conflaters keep distinct.


>  > Those
>>  PA folks don't even reliably keep their Maries apart
>>  from their
>>  marries and merries, so it's not too surprising that
>>  they neutralize
>>  before /g/ and /l/.  Talk about your road to
>>  perdition.  We New
>>  Yorkers would never fall for that.
>An Iggles fan myself, I certainly keep my Maries,
>marries, and merries apart. I just can't keep my
>merries and Murrays apart...
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