[Ads-l] pronunciation of "onion"

Paul A Johnston, Jr. paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU
Mon Dec 15 01:07:33 UTC 2014


Scots dialects have "ingan", with the [I] vowel; "inion" could be a blend if the Scots form came over here at all.

Paul
----- Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Close enough for, you know, government work.
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> 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.
> > >
> > > 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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