pronouncing "hobo" et al. today

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 26 19:47:11 UTC 2009

At 3:22 PM -0400 5/26/09, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>At 5/26/2009 03:04 PM, Randy Alexander wrote:
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>>On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 1:45 AM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
>>>  On May 26, 2009, at 10:36 AM, Mark Mandel wrote:
>>>>  On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 12:32 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at>
>>>>  wrote:
>>>>>  Where does "homogeneous" fit?  I think there are multiple (two?)
>>>>>  pronunciations for both vowels.
>>>>  Unless it has a clipped form as "homo", it's not part of the subject
>>>>  at all.
>>>  it does, it does.  respectable number of google hits for {"homo milk"}.
>>And even a few for "hetero milk".  And some for "homogeneous milk"!
>>(But of course about a hundred times more for "homogenized milk".)
>But how is it (homo milk) pronounced?  :-)

I seem to recall from somewhere that this is more of a Canadian usage
than U.S.  Maybe they have better things to worry about up there than
taboo avoidance (especially during hockey season).  But I really
don't know if the milk is always /homo/ or sometimes /hamo/.


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