shkeevy; bubbies; more!

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jul 10 00:19:46 UTC 2009

At 8:09 PM -0400 7/9/09, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>Forgot to mention that one housewife angrily called another a "prostitution
>Perh. because, as an insult, "whore" by itself is no longer as specific as

Ah, retronymy meets the oldest profession.

LH, wondering if "shkeevy" represents a generalization of the
palatalization process we've discussed ages ago wherein "street",
"stroke", and other /str/-initial words become /Str/ among ethnically
Italian (and other) inhabitants of the greater New York metro area...

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