Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Apr 12 15:54:45 UTC 2002

At 11:38 AM -0400 4/12/02, Benjamin Fortson wrote:
>Has anyone heard "nowadays" pronounced "now at ndays" (@ = schwa), i.e. with
>an intrusive nasal? I hear this regularly from my girlfriend's
>10-year-old, but don't know if it's some innovation on his part or some
>regionalism. (Reminiscent of nightiNgale, Old English nihte-gala, et alia

Never heard it, but I'd also consider "now and then" (i.e. now 'n'
then) as another suspect.  The a- morpheme in "nowadays" is now
opaque, so it's ripe for reanalysis.  Your girlfriend's 10-year-old
has some adult company--15 cites on google, including e.g.

I will say that nowandays, movies are getting dumber and dumber each month!

Nowandays lie detector tests do not carry much weight in court.

I definitely like it! It's got a different, individual sound, that's
pretty rare nowandays.

the sound of the hull against the waves is not around to lull you to
sleep nowandays

He was the owner of #teenchat, a channel that nobody ever sets foot
in nowandays

it cost to much money to sport 2 and 3 women around...LOL! Nowandays
you get killed messing around like that or better yet getting Mr.
Happy cut [off]

Looks to me as though most of the reanalysts are probably on the
young side, although I assume (especially in the last case) older
than 10.


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