does anyone need another example of positive ANYMORE?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 13 20:02:39 UTC 2008

I read the sentence to my wife, a native of Wilkes-Barre, PA, and
asked her to tell me what was strange about it. After she'd made
several wild guesses, I told her that I was just joking. I'm afraid
that, if she becomes conscious of her use of positive anymore, she'll
monitor her speech and stop using it, just as she no longer pronounces
"Hugh" as "you."

Interestingly enough, though such pronunciations as "Hugh" = "you" and
"humble" = "umble," etc., in East Texas, I've never used them, myself,
and my mother's pronunciation of "Hubert Humphrey" as [jub at t ?^mpfrI]
is always good for a laugh at family gatherings.


On Feb 13, 2008 1:56 PM,  <RonButters at> wrote:
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