[Ads-l] arrow-space

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 6 14:28:42 EDT 2017


> On Aug 6, 2017, at 2:17 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> "Arrow" rhymes with "sparrow," "marrow," and "harrow," but "aero" rhymes
> with the local pronunciation of "Cairo," Illinois. Or "pair o'," as in
> "pair o' words that rhyme."
> 
> At least for me.

And “pharaoh”.   Actually, now that I think of it, I distinguish “pharaoh” (as in “aerospace”) from “farro” (the “ancient grain”).  
Also “Pretty Saro” (traditional song).  But not Varro, the Roman grammarian—he rhymes with arrow.

LH
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> On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 1:53 PM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:
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>> Is there any other way to pronounce it?
>> 
>> I remember seeing a linguistics educational cartoon in Jr. High.
>> 
>> In one of the scenes, a character says that he can determine where someone
>> is from by they way they pronounce the words "merry," "Mary" and "marry."
>> 
>> I remember thinking - "but they are all pronounced the same!"  Only years
>> later, when I went East for school, did I appreciate the various ways some
>> people distinguish among those words.
>> 
>> I guess I feel the same way about aero and arrow.
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>> There might be a difference in my pronunciation, but I think they=E2=80=99=
>> re the same. BB
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>>> On 6 Aug 2017, at 07:19, James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM> =
>> wrote:
>>> =20
>>> At a meeting this week, two different people pronounced "aerospace" as =
>> something close to /arrow-space/.  Has anyone else heard this?
>>> =20
>>> - Jim Landau
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