"warthog" with glottal stop

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Sat Jan 15 16:41:19 UTC 2011

My son Doug and his friend were playing "Halo Reach" yesterday, and kept
talking about some kind of attack vehicle or robot called a warthog. After
I'd listened for about half an hour, there was no doubt: They were
pronouncing "warthog" as [wOr?hag], with /t/ realized as a glottal stop.

Later I asked to record Doug saying the word, which I'd written out. He
reproduced the glottal stop pronunciation. As I was about to record my
pronunciation, for later comparison, he said it again, this time as
[wOrDag], saying that he alternated between that and the earlier one
depending on the situation. To me, his second pronunciation sounded even
weirder, because it sounded like "war dog".

My pronunciation has intervocalic flap as well as the [h]: [wOrDhag].

I grew up in Texas; live now in central Ohio, where my sons have lived all
their life. What pronunciations have you in other regions or walks of life
heard or used?

Neal Whitman
Email: nwhitman at ameritech.net
Blog: http://literalminded.wordpress.com
Twitter: @LiteralMinded

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