Query: women > wimming

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Fri Jan 21 18:44:20 UTC 2005

Not only that; someone recently (I think it was Diane Rheam) interviewed
some novelist or other and referred to his model as "Charles Dickings."

At 12:43 PM 1/21/2005, you wrote:
>I'm pretty sure you;re right. Dicken's has got some '-ing'
>hypercorrectors among his characters; I done forgot who.
>>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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