Heard on The Judges: relevant > revelant

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 3 21:27:43 UTC 2009

Mid-twenty-ish black female speaker:

"I don't think that that's _revelant_, your honor."

I wouldn't have bothered with this one, except that, till I was in my
late twenties, I likewise used the pronunciation, "(ir)revelant," for
"(ir)relevant." Finally, a classmate was kind enough to point this out
to me.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

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