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

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 20 21:27:36 UTC 2011

On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 4:38 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> It's like "duh."

I forgot to mention - though everyone may already know this; WRT to
the literature in the field, I ain't know nothing, for all practical
purposes, about that there - _the_ is pronounced for emphasis - "I'm
settin' on top of _thee_ world" - as [Di], whether or not the
following segment be vocalic, especially in singing..

A friend, a native of Brownsville, Texas, once commented that, since
moving to L.A., she had noticed the variation between [D@] and [Di] in
other people's speech, but she had no idea what the rules controlling
it were. She herself used only [D@].

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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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