pronouncing "hobo" et al. today

Doug Harris cats22 at STNY.RR.COM
Tue May 26 20:07:56 UTC 2009

Probably a good way of ensuring 'hobo' is pronounced correctly is
to think of the word as describing a ho's man = hobeau. (Though
we all know that, truth be told, a pimp is about as unlike a beau as
a mouse is unlike a giraffe.

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----- Original message ----------------------------------------
From: "Laurence Horn" <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
Received: 5/26/2009 3:47:11 PM
Subject: Re: pronouncing "hobo" et al. today

>At 3:22 PM -0400 5/26/09, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>At 5/26/2009 03:04 PM, Randy Alexander wrote:
>>>Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
>>>On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 1:45 AM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at>
>>>>  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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