cannot: OED pronunciation again

neil neil at TYPOG.CO.UK
Mon Jan 17 17:23:05 UTC 2005

on 17/1/05 5:02 pm, Dennis R. Preston at preston at MSU.EDU wrote:

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> larry,
> If you shift the stress to the first syllable (as
> I have heard some posh RP types do), the
> pronunciation [kaen at t] works.
> There are also British Isles [kaen@] dialect forms (less posh).
> dInIs, who is known for hanging around posh types in general
Not being a linguist, I know not how to record Mr Mackenroe's Wimbledon
outburts other than as:
'You kuh-naht be serious!'

- Neil Crawford

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