antedating "hobo" 1885

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 26 04:08:44 UTC 2009

At 11:37 PM -0400 5/25/09, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
>Laurence Horn wrote:
>>At 10:11 AM -0400 5/25/09, Mark Mandel wrote:
>>>"color" and "honor" do not follow the pattern <CoCo>.
>>>m a m
>>No, and the ones that do all stem from stemless prefixes or from
>>non-nativized loanwords, I venture to guess. ....
>There are of course some marginal exceptions.
>Does "boyo" rhyme with "yoyo"?

Hmm...For me, that's not <CoCo> but <C [diphthong]o>

>Does "toro" [fish]

or [lawnmower]

>rhyme with "boro" [alternative spelling of "borough",
>quite routine in some regions]?

yeah, r's are funny for the preceding vowels.  For me, "boro" is OK
in contexts like "Triboro", but not when "borough" is standing on its
own (rotten boroughs and all that)

>Does "folo" [news jargon = "follow-up"]

not "follo"?  OK, I'll buy it.  I guess.


>rhyme with "polo"?
>-- Doug Wilson
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