charles at FREUDE.COM
Sat Jun 15 20:51:37 UTC 2002
I say /hwai/ for both uses. I am a native of Atlanta born in 1937 and
raised in Georgia until I was 18.
>What is the origin of the interjection "why", as in "Why, you little
>rascal!", "Why, I'll be damned!", etc.?
>I just now realized that the pronunciation is different (in my background)
>from the interrogative "why" -- i.e., I would pronounce "why" in "Why me?"
>as /hwai/ but "why" in "Why, I'll be!" as /wai/ ... and surely at least
>many of my family and childhood friends would have done the same. Just a
>local peculiarity? Or a personal misconception?
>-- Doug Wilson
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