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