[Ads-l] pronunciation of "onion"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 14 14:28:51 UTC 2014


Close enough for, you know, government work.

JL

On Sun, Dec 14, 2014 at 1:14 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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> On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 11:16 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com
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> > The stage-Irish dialect of the 19th century song, "The Regular Army O!,"
> > seems to puns on "inions" and "Indians":
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> > 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.
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> > The sudden appearance of "inion" is hard to explain otherwise.
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> 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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> Youneverknow.
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