jeet chet

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Fri Dec 7 21:39:51 UTC 2001


When I typed that I had the anti-Semitic interpretation (to me
obvious only in the graphic representation) in the back of my head
but couldn't remember where from. Thanks,


>At 1:06 PM -0500 12/7/01, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
>>My phonology colleague has used it for years, is not a sociolinguist, and
>>has never heard of the film you're talking about (nor have I seen
>>it).  Since it reflects speech pretty accurately, I suspect it's been
>>around forever, in one spelling variant or another.
>There was also Woody Allen's nice riff on it, possibly in Annie Hall
>(?).  He notes how everyone always goes
>Jeet jet?
>No Jew?
>and deconstructs the response as an obvious instance of anti-Semitism.

Dennis R. Preston
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Michigan State University
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