"athletic" and schwa insertion

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 30 00:19:38 UTC 2009

Yes, in "athlete" too.

My quite subjective impression, based on ancient aversion and a zillion
pages of freshman themes, is that the shwa-inserted form is about as common
- and possibly more common - than not.

On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 6:38 PM, Scot LaFaive <slafaive at gmail.com> wrote:

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> I found some mention of this in the archives but thought someone might be
> interested in knowing about another occurrence. After watching a few
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> games co-anchored by Rich Gannon (ex-Raiders quarterback and Philadelphia
> native), I've notice that his pronunciation of "athletic" always includes a
> schwa inserted between theta and L. Not sure about "athlete."
> Scot
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