"saditty" (snobbish) from "Saturday"?

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Mon Jul 28 17:37:22 UTC 2008

Intervocalic /t/ in American English is rarely a [d]. It can be a "flapped 
[r]," similar to Spanish <r>, which is also an allophone of /d/. If I remember 
correctly, the /t/ maintains its usual influence on the length of the vowel.

In a message dated 7/28/08 11:21:16 AM, truespel at HOTMAIL.COM writes:

> I hear ~sadidee for "saturday" quite a bit.  I don't think anybody says the 
> "t" (in "sat...") but rather swaps it for "d".  I don't know how prevelant 
> the ~ee for "ay" swap is.
> I talked to a leading dictionary writer about expressing the "d" for "t" 
> swap (as in "butter" ~buder) as well as the glottal stop for many ending "t"s 
> (expressing "that" as ~tha') in his pronunciation guide if only as an 
> alternative pronunciation.  He said "people would not like it."  I've done it however 
> in my dictionary, truespel book 3.  Don't know of any others that have done 
> it.  I think many are primary not secondary pronunciations.

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