Yonduh lies de castle of de caliph, my fadder (attrib Tony Curtis 1961 Nov)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 20 20:25:02 UTC 2011

On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 10:26 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> "He's *got*" not  "He's git."

But what pronunciation is represented by the eye-phonetic _de_ in the
representation of Curtis's idiolect? In BE, that spelling - assuming
that _de_ = [di] - is very close to what I perceive as variation
between [DI/dI] and [Di/di] and various shadings in between, but with,
IME, [DI] being the most-usual pronunciation, nowadays.

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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