Angnother one (was: Heard in passin')

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Fri Apr 29 06:10:08 UTC 2005

"Peter A. McGraw" <pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU> wrote:
Just recently I've increasingly heard the same result (well, the same
congsonant) with a different derivation.  At least on NPR, and maybe also
on ABC (TV) News, I keep hearing "prengnant," and today on NPR I heard ng <
g in another word, which as usual I was sure I was going to remember and
which I just as surely forgot.

Well, it has been known to happen before. I can't give you a citation, but I
believe that Latin /g/ was pronounced /ng/ (that is, the velar nasal) before
/n/, as in "ignoro" ' to not know, to be ignorant of', "ignobilis" 'ignoble,

-- Mark
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