ADS-L Digest - 13 Mar 2008 to 14 Mar 2008 (#2008-75) (Coffin/also casket)

Geraldine Hizer Urqu at AOL.COM
Sat Mar 15 14:49:42 UTC 2008

In a message dated 3/14/2008 11:04:00 P.M. Central Daylight Time,

Date:    Fri, 14 Mar 2008 17:24:01 -0400
From:   Paul Johnston <paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU>
Subject: Re: ADS-L  Digest - 12 Mar 2008 to 13 Mar 2008 (#2008-74)

It's not laziness.  Or g-dropping,  because, unless you're from parts
of Longg Island or the West Midlands of  England, there is no /g/.
Just a different dialect  system.

Paul Johnston
On Mar 14, 2008, at 10:46 AM,  Geraldine Hizer wrote:

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I am neither from Long(g) Island or the 'West Midlands of England'
(ancestrally, perhaps), but there is no such word as "coughin" in my own lexicon  or
that of anyone else (unless very obscure and possibly OBE-derived).
What IS the difficulty here? Without the appended 'g', it isn't a word!
We're still talking about the act of producing a cough, right?  Cough-ing?
BTW, what happened to the /g/ in the West Midlands?
Thank goodness I have time to be specious today;)
OH - in re: 'casket' - I use the words  (casket/coffin) interchangeably, now
I see it's a bit like med.  professionals who use euphemism 'discomfort'
rather than  'PAIN'!

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