[Ads-l] "sca(l)ffolding"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 15 04:54:49 UTC 2014

On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 1:07 PM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:
> In her report (last night on the CBS national news) of the window washers'
> accident at the new World Trade Center, Jericka Duncan repeatedly
> pronounced "scaffolding" with an [l] between the first vowel and the [f].
> An example of post-vocalic [l]-intrusion in a dialect that would ordinarily
> be "l-less"?
> --Charlie

Sounds right to me, Charlie. "Scaffolding" is rare in the wild, but the
pronunciation of the L in "half" is common. OTOH, "scap, gup, guf" for
"scalp, gulp, gulf" et sim. are usual, as you know.

There's a side by Cab Calloway with the title, "The Boys Will _Help_ You."
I wouldn't be at all surprised at all to discover that this title is an
unthinking "correction" of "The Boys Will _Hep_ You." This is Cab Calloway,
after all.

Hep! Hep!

My mother used to complain that my room was always so "ham-scammy," with
stuff str[oU]n here, there, and everywhere. By the time that I was in high
school, I felt secure in  mapping her "ham-scammy" onto "harum-scarum-y."

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

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