[Ads-l] "Wemmin"

Yagoda, Ben byagoda at UDEL.EDU
Mon Jan 23 13:50:13 EST 2017


Never heard “wemmin,” but in country music the singular has long been pronounced along the lines of “waw-man.”

Ben

> On Jan 23, 2017, at 12:15 PM, Marc Sacks <msacksg at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Yesterday an acquaintance of mine noted an oddity in his own speech, namely
> that he pronounces "women" as "wemmin." He doesn't know anybody else that
> says the word that way and has no idea where he got the pronunciation.
> Someone asked him if he was from nowthwestern Ohio; he's not. I asked him
> if he pronounces "milk" as "melk" (I'm a Pittsburgher); nope.
> 
> Does any of you a region of the country where people talk about "wemmin,"
> or is the poor guy on his own with this one?
> 
> Thanks,
> Marc Sacks
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