cot/caught/Don/Dawn

David Donnell daviddonnell at NYC.RR.COM
Thu Jul 3 03:00:20 UTC 2008


Yes. And what about those disgusting Beatles.
What they do can't even be called music. There's
no melody to it. It's just a bunch of screaming
over raucous rhythms. Not to mention they all
need haircuts.

>To me "awe-dropping" is a recent phenomenon and
>the worst thing to happen to English
>pronunciation in my lifetime.  I find no good in
>it.  Anyone in a teaching position should flag
>the problems it creates.  It's like a speech
>impediment.  People are dropping a phoneme right
>out of our language.
>
>Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
>See truespel.com - and the 4 truespel books plus
>"Occasional Poems" at authorhouse.com.
>
>>  Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2008 07:18:20 -0700
>>  From: zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
>>  Subject: Re: cot/caught/Don/Dawn
>>  To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
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>>  Poster: "Arnold M. Zwicky"
>>  Subject: Re: cot/caught/Don/Dawn
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>>  On Jul 2, 2008, at 6:59 AM, Rebecca Shapiro wrote:
>>
>>>  One reason I have been happy to move back to the East Coast (New
>>>  Jersey--and
>>>  absolutely no irony intended) is that I have fewer instances of
>>>  misunderstanding or being misunderstood...
>>
>>  we went through this topic at some length back in december 2007, in a
>>  thread that started with occurrences of "sot after" for "sought
>>  after" (in print as well as speech) and moved through various
>>  entertaining examples, including "George Bernard Shah" in print.
>>
>>  you can find the thread in the archives by searching on the subject "a
>>  home for drinkers".
>>
>>  arnold
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