pssing and smooching

Douglas Bigham TlhovwI at AOL.COM
Tue Jul 3 19:49:53 UTC 2001

I also refuse to believe "pssing" and "smooching" are idiolectal.

I've always done it.  Everyone in my family does it.  My roommate does it.  We're all from Southern Illinois.  I prefer it to the "kittykittykitty" as I can never seem to get my tounge to flap that fast.

But it's less a "puh" and more like the "ps" in french, quickly and repetitively.  Incidentally, we also use it when talking to babies.

Douglas S. Bigham
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

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