gutteral 'of the gutter'

David Donnell daviddonnell at NYC.RR.COM
Sat May 17 16:12:12 UTC 2008

My first thought was about strings made of gut, as they were back in the day.

One Google hit:

"The gutteral strings, the subtle accordian"

(Now that's grunge guitar!)

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>Subject:      Re: gutteral 'of the gutter'
>On May 17, 2008, at 8:27 AM, i wrote:
>>  ... now this morning on
>>  NPR's Morning Edition Saturday, an occurrence of "downright
>>  gutteral" (in the relevant sense) from Harold Ford, chairman of the
>>  Democratic Leadership Council.
>my transcription:
>I ran for office, for Senate in Tennessee, and faced an onslaught of
>really obnoxious, objectionable, and downright gutteral kind of ads,
>from outside organizations and outside groups.
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