At last. A home for drinkers!
cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Dec 13 17:51:00 UTC 2007
The task of grading final exams is often lightened by some tidbits of phonological, orthographic, or phraseological ungainliness. One student this morning used the expression "odds and inns." "Inns" does more accurately represent the (Georgia) pronunciation than the spelling "ends"--but I wonder why "inns" instead of "ins," which could be patterned after "outs and ins" (to rearrange that idiom). Of course, "odds and inns" might result simply from hasty writing and careless spelling, with no semantic component at all.
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>Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 12:20:32 -0500
>From: Dennis Preston <preston at MSU.EDU>
>Thanks; had no idea it was out there. My favorite more subtle example was "Otto's Autos" a Calgary used-car lot, which I first thought sounded a little funny and then realized the sign-maker thought they were homophones (as did no doubt most of the sign readers). Someone offered this list an example of "Hawk Shop" from central Indiana a few years ago (and it was indeed a pawn shop, not a bird store), just to how that their phonological disability can have spelling repercussions in either direction.
>>On Dec 13, 2007, at 6:50 AM, Dennis Preston wrote:
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>>to be added to my misspellings file. pretty clearly an ear spelling
>>by people with the cot/caught merger.
>>not in any of the four on-line corpora of misspellings that i consulted.
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