[Ads-l] sophistication phoneme (UNCLASSIFIED)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 28 01:55:08 EDT 2016

On Fri, May 27, 2016 at 11:24 AM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) <
william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

> Sophistication phoneme?  Is that like when people who speak a
> conversational variety of English try to be hyper-precise when
> pronouncing foreign words?

I like it!

I have a cousin whose name is "Cassandra." All too many non-family-members
annoying prefer to pronounce her name as "Cassondra," presumably because
ordinary _ash_ is just too déclassé-ly American for such a foreign name.

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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