Herbert Stahlke hstahlke at WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Wed Sep 25 00:02:54 UTC 2002

But does anyone pronounce it with an affricate?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Wendalyn Nichols" <wendalyn at NYC.RR.COM>
Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2002 5:55 PM
Subject: Re: Bourgie

> The r-less pronunciation /bu' zhi/ was used commonly among my friends in
> England when I lived there (1987-1996); it was widespread, used by all
> races and seemingly anyone under 50. It was not specific to blacks, used
> simply as a mild disparagement of middle-class taste or behavior. I never
> saw it spelled; I assume the r-less pronunciation is due to the way that
> "bourgeois" is pronounced in England.
> At 02:18 PM 9/24/02 -0400, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:
> >On Tue, Sep 24, 2002 at 06:14:27PM +0000, Tom Kysilko wrote:
> > > In the early '90s a number of my left-wing political buddies in the
> > > Cities, most of whom were white, used /bu' zhi/.  I never saw it
> > spelled out.
> > > They could very well have gotten it from their Afro-American political
> > buddies.
> >
> >I actually should correct myself; while I agree that the pronunciation
> >is almost always if not actually always r-less, the "bourgie" spelling
> >is more common than I thought when I posted my previous message.
> >
> >Jesse Sheidlower

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