coffin pronunciation

Seán Fitzpatrick grendel.jjf at VERIZON.NET
Sun Mar 16 14:15:21 UTC 2008

On Mar 14, 2008, at 6:36 AM, Lynne Murphy wrote:
> Raised in a funeral home in NYS, therefore I pronounce it 'casket'.
> ('Coffin' is for people who say 'undertaker', 'funeral parlor' and
> 'wake'
> instead of 'funeral director', 'funeral home' and 'calling hours'.)

And how about "graveyard" vs. "cemetery"?

... But they went so fast that the body fell out
And no one missed it gone
Until they reached the graveyard, and
They thought that I was John.
The undertaker said to me,
"Now, John, you must behave.
You know that you are dead, and that
You must go in the grave".
They put me in a pine box, and
I hollered for me mother.
But they couldn't tell us both apart, and
I was buried for me brother.

Seán Fitzpatrick
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