[Ads-l] "Wemmin"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 23 15:05:41 EST 2017


My mother had a strange pronunciation of _women_. I say "wummun, wimmin."
She said, "wummun, wimmun."

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On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 1:50 PM, Yagoda, Ben <byagoda at udel.edu> wrote:

> 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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> > Poster:       Marc Sacks <msacksg at GMAIL.COM>
> > Subject:      "Wemmin"
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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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-Wilson
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