"I'm the _dairy fairy_,"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 23 05:37:10 UTC 2011

"a preventative sprite, so to speak."

For the speaker, _dairy fairy_ was a true rhyme, approx. [dEIri
fEIri]. For me, it's only an eye-rhyme," since I separate them as
approx. [dEri fAry]. In StL BE, there is / was? a further split:
either "dairy" and "ferry" rhyme (boojie, with [E] in both); "fairy"
and "ferry" rhyme - indeed, they fall to what what *I* like to call,
"gether," - (street, with [A] in both).

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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