Dennis R. Preston
preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Apr 1 14:34:40 UTC 2002
>First, do away with /a/ before /r/. Confusing. "Awesome" and
>"blossom" have very differnet vowels for many if not most Americans.
>Here's an easy thing to do:
Listen to Dan Rather - he has the difference.
Now try Peter Jennings - like most Canadians (and Western US
residents) , he does not.
>I mus' be a conflater. I have no idea what the
>difference is you are discussing here. Even my
>dictionary provides no clue; the words "cot" and
>"cart" typify the "a" in "awesome", the expression
>"aw" for that in "blossom": the "a"s in all three
>words sound the same to my ear.
>Can you give an example of someone on tv who makes the
>distinction, so I can understand, though probably not
>change, my conflating ways?
>--- "Dennis R. Preston" <preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU> wrote:
>> >Awesome Blossom does not impress me at all - I keep
>> the cot-caught
>> >vowels quite distinct. For people who say (shudder)
>> >Blahsome" (both with the vowel of "cot") I reckon
>> it's cutesy (or
>> >"poertic"). arnold, say you ain't such a conflater!
>> PS: Of course, even as a nonconflater, one might
>> appreciate the
>> immense subtlety of the half-rhyme I reckon.
>> >there was mention, a few days ago, of a dispute
>> >Outback and Chili's over the use of this name.
>> Chili's has
>> >gone for the name Awesome Blossom, which i prefer
>> on poetic
>> >grounds (though its failure to refer clearly to
>> onions might
>> >be viewed as a point against it).
>> >as it happens, my daughter had dinner at an Outback
>> (in san
>> >francisco) last night, with a visiting australian -
>> >*asked* to go there, because he thought the place
>> was just
>> >such a weird experience. he did wonder what went
>> with a
>> >Bloomin' Onion - a Bloody Steak, perhaps?
>> >arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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