CLIK/CLEEK & NATIVE SPEAKER [was "FAG one last time"]
HSTAHLKE at GW.BSU.EDU
Thu Mar 15 17:32:15 UTC 2001
I recall when Chic jeans came out in the 80s I heard my children
pronouncing the word as "chick". I brought it up in a couple of
undergrad linguistics classes, at that time, and "chick" was the
nearly unanimous choice.
BTW, do "cleek" speakers say "cleekish" or "clickish"?
>>> johannaf+ at ANDREW.CMU.EDU 03/15/01 12:21PM >>>
What about "chic"? Does anyone pronouce this like "chick"?
I personally remember pronouncing it like "chick" in middle
and being corrected immediately by a teacher.
Excerpts from mail: 15-Mar-101 Re: CLIK/CLEEK & NATIVE SPE.. by
> The heavy majority for "click" so far has surprised me. I
learned the word
> as "cleek" and still pronounce it that way on the rare
occasions when I use
> it at all. I've heard "click," of course, and it bothered me
because 1) we
> already have a word pronounced that way and it means something
else, and 2)
> I figured that most people know the French sequence -ique is
> [ik] (not [Ik]) in other words, whether they actually speak
French or not,
> so why wouldn't they follow the same pattern in this case?
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