Verbless slogans - A new trend?

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Sat Dec 1 19:05:37 UTC 2001

I agree that the spoken phrase could be r-less, but I doubt that the
spelled version was "bungled."  The R gemerally surfaces in spelling, even
in strongly r-less dialects; just as it generally does not in orally
intrusive /r/ speech when it's spelled.  I'd still prefer to assume the
spelling was deliberate and affirmative.

At 07:36 PM 11/30/01 -0600, you wrote:
>>Careful you don't confuse r-lessness (we ready) with copula deletion
>>(we ready).
>I wonder about this too, 'we a-ready' to the ear. It's almost as if someone
>bungled the spelling.
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