Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Fri Dec 14 17:28:44 UTC 2001

Picky, picky!  But you're right, of course (and phonetically, we should be
using APA [D] for the flap).  In fact, the more I say this word to myself,
the more I realize I alternate between the two prons.  Isn't this common
with "bookish" or learned terms like 'diabetes'?  I suspect it's not a
regional matter at all.

At 07:03 AM 12/14/01 -0800, you wrote:
>It's neither "tis" nor "tes";  it's "dus" or "deez".
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Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
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