D. Ezra Johnson ezra_50 at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 12 02:02:18 UTC 2000

RP pronounces "Austria" with the vowel of "cot", incidentally.


>From: "Peter A. McGraw" <pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU>
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Austracism
>Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000 15:40:16 -0800
>It's precisely your (and my) differentiation of the two sounds that makes
>this a pun.  If you merged the two vowels, it wouldn't be a pun for
>you--just a new instance of homophony.  Or maybe it would be what might be
>called an "orthographic pun."  (Is there a word for that?  Here we go
>Anyway, thanks for answering my question.
>Peter Mc.
>--On Wed, Feb 9, 2000 4:09 PM -0700 David Bowie <db.list at BYU.EDU> wrote:
> > so it seems to be a pun on
> > "ostracism".
> >
> > Of course, i don't merge "cot" and "caught", so it's not a perfect pun
> > my ears...
>                                Peter A. McGraw
>                    Linfield College   *   McMinnville, OR
>                             pmcgraw at

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