army ranks [was: assorted comments]

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Mar 31 17:16:32 UTC 2006


So the "dark L's" are more likely to blame for "cavalry/ calvary" than metathesis or naivete'.

  JL

Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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Oh, yes! I have to think twice to be sure that I'm about to say the right
one. I even have to think twice to be certain about which one it is that I'=
m
hearing.

-Wilson

On 3/30/06, sagehen wrote:
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> >Speaking of dialects, as we sometimes do, here ;-), when I was a child i=
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> >Texas, I thought that this was the "Silver War," since "silver" and
> "civil"
> >fall together in the local version of BE as something like [si at v@], when
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> >-Wilson
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> This reminds me of the "Calvary"/"cavalry" interchange we hear so often
> from whites in all parts of the country. Does this also exist in BE?
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