Hypercorrection in Facebook

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 29 05:00:04 UTC 2013

On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:50 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> "turned a _death_ ear"

I neglected to mention that, IMO, this may be a fairly-recent problem. In
my Texas childhood, "death" was [dEf], but "deaf" was [dif]. You didn't
have to guess at the spelling.

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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