Amy Short amyb88 at BELLSOUTH.NET
Fri Mar 16 12:29:34 UTC 2001

From: "Mark Odegard" <markodegard at HOTMAIL.COM>

> >From: David Bergdahl <bergdahl at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU>
> >What about the "shake" as opposed to the "sheek" pronunciation?  I don't
> >remember when the phonetic pronunciation started being heard.
> Neither do I remember, but I also remember that the word 'sheik' got the
> 'shake' pronunciation somewhere in the 60s, 'bout when I start remembering
> such things.

For what it's worth, the natives speakers of Arabic from a variety of
countries I sometimes encounter give it a "shake" pronunciation.

Does anyone rememember the 1979 Frank Zappa album _Sheik Yerbouti_?

Amy Burns Short
ESL Instructor
Murray State University

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