[Ads-l] Minimal pair for English /t ͡ʃ/ vs. /tʃ/

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 28 22:46:47 EDT 2017

On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 9:32 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at gmail.com> wrote:

> Catch up and ketchup?

Why not? There are some of us still living who recall the spelling, "tomato
_catsup_" and use the pronunciation, "catchup." Some of us even recall the
following joke:

Mama Tomato, Papa Tomato, and Baby Tomato were taking a walk. But But Baby
Tomato kept falling behind, very much annoying Papa Tomato. Finally, losing
his temper, he went back to Baby Tomato and stomped it into mush. As he
turned away to catch up with Mama Tomato, he turned and snarled over his
shoulder, "Now, catsup!"

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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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