Re:       Re: -ing vs. -in' in expletives

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Fri Jul 23 16:44:25 UTC 2004

In a message dated 7/22/04 2:05:33 PM, zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU writes:

> an
> entertainment awards ceremony is an odd mixture of formality and
> informality, by the way, not a context where i'd expect bono to
> hypercorrect to /N/ in "fuckin'".

My gut feeling is that using /n/ rather than /N/ would tend to be just the
opposite, i.e., a self-conscious attempt at sounding like a good-ol'-boy rather
than a sophisticated entertainer, especially with this word in this context.
It seems to me that /N/ is used more often than /n/ as an emphatic adjectival.

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