[Ads-l] DPR--candidate for "most euphemistic"?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 12 22:19:59 UTC 2015


As I suspected: it's just for visual effect.

JL

On Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 11:46 AM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 11:13 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
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> >> On Jun 12, 2015, at 10:25 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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> >> Hey, what's with the mandatory apostrophe in "D'oh" anyway? Glottal
> >> stop or hypercorrection?
> >
> > I've always assumed the former.
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> >> Or something more...occult?
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> Here's an interview with Dan Castellaneta (voice actor for Homer
> Simpson) describing his inspiration from James Finlayson in the
> "Laurel & Hardy" movies:
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> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGiJOHDJEss
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> If, in fact, "D'oh" originated because Finlayson was tempted to say
> "damn" and cut himself short, then that might it explain a glottalized
> production of [d?o:]. But Castellaneta's Homeric style of "d'oh"
> doesn't sound glottalized to me (well, the glottal stop would be after
> the [o], not before it).
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> --bgz
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