spelling aloud (was: y'all/ ya'll)

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 17 22:33:04 UTC 2008

On Feb 16, 2008 9:26 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> One of the anchors on today's _Fox & Friends Saturday_ is from South
> Carolina. I won't mention names.
>  Her co-anchors just asked how to spell "y'all."
>  Sort of chanting and waving imaginary pompoms, she cried, "WYE AY
>  So it's official.

Which reminds me, going totally off-topic, of the following:

Operator: Directory Assistance.
Customer: I'd like the number of Caseway Insurance.
Op: Would you spell that, please?
Cust: Certainly. That's

   - C as in cue
   - A as in are
   - S as in sea
   - E as in eye
   - W as in why
   - A as in aye
   - Y as in you

Op: ... ... ... One moment, please, while I connect you with my supervisor.

Mark Mandel

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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