Heard on the Today show: "whuppin'"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 28 13:27:24 UTC 2008

Matt Lauer, speaking of how to react to a bully:

" ... Give him a _whuppin'_! ..."

What struck me is that Lauer spoke _whuppin'_ as though that was the
standard pronunciation in his dialect, when we know that it isn't. No
air quotes, special intonation, facial expression, etc.

Is this becoming or has it become a hip, slang-pronunciation among sE speakers?

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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