'Killing' for 'suicide'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 22 16:48:23 UTC 2012


When I mentioned to an acquaintance recently that my nineteenth-century,
NYC-born, thoroughly unaffected grandparents always said / v a z / and not
/ v ei s /, she thought it was A, incredible, and B, sounded illiterate.

Of, course, I used to say "vahz" too till ridiculed out of it in school for
being a pompous ass. Same for "tomahto."

On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 3:15 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 4:57 AM, Damien Hall
> <damien.hall at newcastle.ac.uk> wrote:
> > this is a hapax, or rare
> One can only hope! When I used "sneaked" in place of "snuck," while
> chatting with my 22-year-old niece, she burst into laughter. When *I*
> was 22, it was saying "snuck" that was considered to be something that
> you did specifically to make people laugh.
> Youneverknow.
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