"war" [wor]

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 14 14:46:26 UTC 2008

I think Charles's problem lay in the fact that this was written rather
than spoken.

m a m

On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 10:30 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
> At 8/14/2008 09:40 AM, Charles Doyle wrote:
>>Last night the folks at MSNBC were discussing McCain's bellicosity
>>regarding the Russia-Georgia conflict, and the caption on the screen
>>read "War More Years."  I was baffled for a good many seconds,
>>trying to ascertain wherein consisted the wit of the expression.
>>Finally I realized that "war" is supposed to rhyme with (thence
>>substitute for) "four."  Was that the point?
> I pronounce "war" to rhyme with "four"  (NYC).  Are there regional
> variations?  (Like as in "whar'? over thar'"?)
> Joel

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