Query: women > wimming

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Fri Jan 21 17:03:31 UTC 2005

I have a videotape from a 1961 press conference in which a Lake Charles, LA,
sherriff pronounces "women" with a final velar nasal and then corrects
himself. In general in this press conference, he pronounces "-ing" with a velar
nasal, and there are other indications of formality as well.

Am I right in concluding that the "wimming" pronunciation is a
hypercorrection occassioned by the sherriff's self-conscious of the "-ing" pronunciation?

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