Hypercorrection of /w/-/hw/

FRITZ JUENGLING juengling_fritz at SALKEIZ.K12.OR.US
Tue May 25 21:25:52 UTC 2004

I think 'ho' as an Oregonism is easily explained.  It comes from cowboys stopping off at Naughty Girl Meadow in Harney County.
(Of course, that wasn't its original name --the original is much better!)
Fritz Juengling--

>>> pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU 05/25/04 11:18AM >>>
I always wondered why my horse stopped purty as you please when I hollered
"Ho!" whereas that dang mule just kep' a-goin'.  Now I know! :)

So anyway, it looks as if there was probably a [hwo] employed at one time,
at least, to halt beasts of burden.  Now I only wonder if it still exists.

Peter Mc.

--On Tuesday, May 25, 2004 2:01 PM -0400 "Baker, John" <JMB at STRADLEY.COM>

>         Every Kentucky farmer I've ever known, including my father, said
> "wo" to halt his mules.  I'm not familiar with the ho or hwo
> pronunciations.  Maybe it's a horse/mule thing, I dunno.
> John Baker
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
> Of Peter A. McGraw
> Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 1:49 PM
> Subject: Re: Hypercorrection of /w/-/hw/
> But do you say "wo" or "ho"?
> I understood from the previous discussion that there was a consensus that
> the discourse marker is [wo], never [hwo], and this has also been my
> observation.  My original message was meant to address the horse command
> exclusively, which in my experience is always [ho], not [hwo] (or [wo]).
> This being the case, I was wondering aloud where the form [hwo] came from
> or whether it still actually exists.
> Peter Mc.
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> Peter A. McGraw       Linfield College        McMinnville, Oregon
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Peter A. McGraw       Linfield College        McMinnville, Oregon
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