Two questions--myself and flush out

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Jun 6 23:18:35 UTC 2002

The vowel of "flesh" moving to that of "flush" is a late stage of the
Northern Cities Shift. Not surprising in Cleveland (with no need for
Valley Girl interpretation).


>My son and I noticed ten years ago that the vowels in "flesh" and "flush"
>(in any context followed by a voiceless consonant) seemed to be merging in
>the mouths of teenage suburban girls in the Cleveland area.  We thought of
>it as Valley Girl talk.
>--Charles Wells
>>I have recently noticed two different usages that I'd
>>like to know more about. The first is the use of
>>"myself" in place of both "me" and "I".
>>1. Send the document to Bob and myself.
>>2. Bob and myself will be heading up the meeting.
>>I thought it might be a way of avoiding the conundrum
>>of rembering which pronoun to use. However, I have no
>>idea if there is a long history to this usage or not,
>>so if anyone has any info on this, I'd appreciate it.
>>The second is the term "flush out" to mean "flesh
>>out".    I heard fairly often at my work, and assumed
>>it was some sort of mispronunciation that's going
>>around. I was very surprised to see it in print in The
>>Ten-Day MBA by Steven Silberger: p. 20 "The following
>>questions help to flush that out."  Any
>>thoughts/history on this one?
>>Ed Keer
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>Charles Wells
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Dennis R. Preston
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Department of Linguistics and Languages
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