"The mortal plain"

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 11 02:31:11 UTC 2008

This is a good site.  From this site, hear Paul Brians speak at:


We speak a similar accent, although he is west coast and I east coast USA.  The only words we say differently are his ~kaat (for caught), ~aafin (for often), ~aaf (for off), but he isn’t a total “awe-dropper” because he says ~aul (for all) and ~aufer (for offer).

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
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> Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 07:03:11 -0700
> From: zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
> Subject: Re: "The mortal plain"
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> Sender: American Dialect Society
> Poster: "Arnold M. Zwicky"
> Subject: Re: "The mortal plain"
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> On Mar 10, 2008, at 6:45 AM, Jim Parish wrote:
>> Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>>> plain/plane is common enough to have its own entry in Brians.
>> Pardon my ignorance: Brian's what?
> Paul Brians, Common Errors in English Usage, available on-line at
> http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html
> (and also available in hard copy).
> meanwhile, plane> plain in "plain geometry" is in the eggcorn
> database (entered by Ben Zimmer):
> http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/116/plain/
> and one comment on the ecdb reports an occurrence of "above the
> fruited plane"; more can be googled up.
> arnold
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