Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Nov 1 15:49:08 UTC 2001

I assure you that the items "Canuck" and "Fancy-pants" do not occupy
even vaguely similar localities in my classificatory system. Don't
y'all northerners get defensive now after years of mud-slingin.


>In Massachusetts, we say ICE cream.  My NYC friends do, too.
>And not all Frenchified pronunciations are "high class" up here.
>Some have a (working class) "Canuck" flavor.  For example, the
>French-Canadian-descended nuns who taught in my grammar
>school used to pronounce hot dog "haw DOG" and participle
>"parTIciple" (though it's hard to understand exactly how that one
>developed from the French word partiCIPE).  On the other hand,
>despite their geographical orientation, many people in my neck of
>the woods actually de-Frenchify words that, to me anyway, well
>nigh cry out for Gallic pronunciations  -- for example, my surname,
>which is often pronounced DAYpray (or even DUpree).
>So, you see, even Frenchies and northeasterners can be regular
>guys.  Moodzie!

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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