P2052 at AOL.COM P2052 at AOL.COM
Mon Aug 13 02:43:41 UTC 2001

In the African-American speech community [basi-/mesolect], I've always heard
"muhdear (for "Mother dear), "Susta" ("u" of push, lengthened--for sister),
"Ku 'in (for cousin), and "Untee" or "Auntee" (accent on "tee" in both cases
[for Auntie]).   Even educated African Americans resort to these
pronunciations, especially in cases in which this label is only name that the
speaker has ever called the addressee.  P-A-T

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