Natalie Maynor maynor at CS.MSSTATE.EDU
Thu Jun 15 22:20:12 UTC 2000

Peter said:
> I'm with Larry. "Potty-o" for patio sounds raw-ther pretentious to me (b.
> 1943, native speaker of northern Illinois-ese).>

Larry said:
> > I (b. 1945) can't recall ever hearing anything OTHER than /ae/ for the
> > stressed vowel in "patio" in New York, California, or Wisconsin.  And I'm

It appears that there's a consensus among those of us of A Certain Age.
I (b. 1943, native speaker of Mississippi) would have assumed that
anybody saying potty-o was making a joke.
   --Natalie Maynor (maynor at

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