Hypercorrection of /w/-/hw/

Bethany K. Dumas dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Tue May 25 14:20:58 UTC 2004

>> I'm not sure whether this is regional, but I don't recall ever hearing the
>> original "Whoa!" pronounced that way by people who actually dealt with
>> horses...

>nor do i (and i used to hang out with lots of people who dealt with
>horses).  that's why i carefully talked about the discourse marker
>"whoa", which doesn't necessarily have the same properties as the horse
>command "whoa":
>I have often seen the word spelled "woah", generally or always as a
>discourse marker.

Speaking with my horsey clothes on now, I do not use /hw-/ when saying
"Whoa! - no matter how fast the horse is going!


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