Saying 'pope' (was standard US English Dialect)

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Apr 16 16:20:22 UTC 2008

At 4/16/2008 11:52 AM, RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
>In a message dated 4/16/08 11:40:30 AM, truespel at HOTMAIL.COM writes:
> > I'd hate to hear him say the word "pope".
> >
>Just about anyone who was alive in the 1950s in the USA would have heard Ed
>Sullivan (and speakers of his dialect) say the word "pope." So far
>as I know no
>one ever expressed any "hate" for what they heard.
>Of course, words with similar pronuncations have always been the subject of
>puns and jokes, some of them bawdy--and dialect miscommunication between
>speakers of different dialects sometimes happens. C'est la vie.
>Better to tolerate
>such occasional problems than kill all nonconformers (which is the only way to
>eliminate accentual differences).

I think it's better to kill them than all the lawyers.


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