At last. A home for drinkers!

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Dec 13 18:23:38 UTC 2007

On Dec 13, 2007, at 9:20 AM, Dennis Preston wrote:

> arnold,
> 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.

a number of rock-oriented radio stations have used the slogan "more
rock, less talk", clearly designed by and for people with the cot/
caught merger, but often produced by announcers without the merger, so
that it doesn't rhyme.

but my all-time favorite in this line is "George Bernard Shah":

Winston Churchill once received an invitation from George Bernard Shah
to attend the first performance of a play by him.

"The man who listens to reason is lost: reason enslaves all whose
minds are not strong enough to master her." —George Bernard Shah ...

George Bernard Shah once described patriotism as the belief that my
country is superior to all other countries, because I am born in it. ...

(some are from indian english speakers.)


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