Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Fri Jan 21 00:27:16 UTC 2005
>>"Copathetic" can be found just about as early as any spelling of
>>"copasetic" AFAIK. Phonetically /T/ > /s/ is more likely than /s/ >
>But is this a sound change that one could reasonably expect to occur or
>to have occurred in English, even if, e.g. Robert Johnson's "Stones In
>My Passway" is accepted as derived from "... Pathway"?
It doesn't occur very often, but I find it more likely than the opposite
one, all else equal. And in this case I find it hard to believe that the
two words are independent and unrelated.
Of course one can also speculate that /s/ > /T/ occurred here under
influence from "sympathetic", "apathetic", etc.
All just speculation so far!
-- Doug Wilson
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