Canoodle: odds and ends

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Fri Nov 15 15:32:19 UTC 2002

In a message dated 11/15/02 10:11:26 AM Eastern Standard Time,
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU writes:

> >This is interesting, I have *never* heard donkey rhyme with monkey!
>  Meanwhile, back on the East Coast, I rhyme them with impunity.  But
>  "honky" rhymes with neither, so it's a matter of lexical diffusion
>  rather than purely a phonological matter.  (The adjective "wonky"
>  rhymes with "honky", but then unlike the others it has an internal
>  morpheme boundary.)

I rhyme "donkey" with "monkey", i.e.  /'duhn kee/,  but I find /'dawnk ee/ or
/'dahnk ee/ acceptable.  (And yes I do hear the /k/ move across the syllable
boundary, though I do not have the knowledge of phonetics to say why this

However, in my experience "honky" meaning "whte, usually disparaging" also
rhymes with "monkey".  Yes, the two politically incorrect words rhyme.  I
can't recall ever haing heard /'hawnk ee/ or /'hahnk ee/ in this sense.  Yes,
 /'hawnk ee 'tawnk/, but here this is probably to make the first and last
syllables rhyme.

Raised in Louisville KY, college in Michigan, than living in DC and South
Jersey for 33 years.

       - Jim Landau

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