[Ads-l] fewofa

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 6 11:46:11 UTC 2015


Unless you're Elmer Fudd.

JL

On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 12:22 AM, Randy Alexander <strangeguitars at gmail.com>
wrote:

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> On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 1:58 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
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> > Seems like Brinkley could have opted for "in so few words" here, but I =
> > do like "fewofa".  Except maybe it should be "fewva"--I read "fewofa" on
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> > first pass as if it were Elmer Fudd trying to ask for a felafel.
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> That's a really odd reading given that "ew" always sounds [ju] after /f/,
> and that three-syllable words are more commonly accented on the first
> syllable in English.
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> Randy
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