Schwa hits the Big Time!

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Fri May 30 02:55:58 UTC 2008

I rather imagine that schoolchildren, at least Canadian ones, have
likely heard "schwa" at one or more points in their primary and
secondary careers (I certainly did)... It certainly seems to me
(though I've been wrong before in such matters) that the common
Torontonian habit of calling Oshawa, a Toronto suburb, "The Shwa" has
resonances of this, if not for all users than at least for many. Not
that I have anything set up to test this speculation, however.

James Harbeck.

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