[Ads-l] Another "chalk full" sighting

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 17 21:26:44 EDT 2021


I hear awe-droppers all over the place.  Sadly m-w.com reinforces it . The word "awe" itself is pronounced "ah" by the female speaker icon.  The word "saw" wasn't bad but was "sod" for "sawed".  Fraud was frod.   "Broad" wasn't bad but "claw" was "clah".  These mispronunciations defy the phonetic symbols attached.  It seems like females are the worse awe-droppers.  To me it's the biggest change to US English in at least 60 years.   I can't recommend m-w.com.


Tom Zurinskas,  Originally from SW Conn 20 yrs,  college NE Tenn 3,  work SE NJ  33,  resides SE Florida 18...  truespel.com






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Subject: Re: Another "chalk full" sighting

Actually, it’s a result of the Northern Cities Vowel Shift described in detail by Labov and many others, and a clash between those in the relevant dialect and those not.


> On Sep 16, 2021, at 12:49 AM, Tom Zurinskas <truespel at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> It's awe-dropping going both ways.  Some folks say the word "chalk" as "chock"  So when they hear "Chock full" they think they hear "chalk full" and will write "chalk full".
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> I just came across a claim on Quora that the Puritans’ ships were “chalk full of alcohol” (see the Eggcorn Database entry at https://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/945/chalked/). Hopefully they also brought some cans of that Chalk Full O’ Gnats heavenly coffee on board too to help them sober up.
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