[Ads-l] pronunciation of "onion"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 14 06:14:11 UTC 2014

On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 11:16 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> The stage-Irish dialect of the 19th century song, "The Regular Army O!,"
> seems to puns on "inions" and "Indians":
> We wint to Arizona for to fight the Injians there,
> We were nearly caught bald-headed, but they never got our hair.
> We lay among the ditches in the dirty, yellow mud,
> And we niver saw an inion - or a turnip or a spud.
> The sudden appearance of "inion" is hard to explain otherwise.

In E-TX BE, "indian" is pronounced "Innian" [InIj at n], Could "inion" hace
been pronounced that way? I've been reading it as [Inj at n], but...


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