Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Sat Apr 13 17:01:17 UTC 2002

At 06:21 PM 4/12/02 -0400, you wrote:
>At 6:13 PM -0400 4/12/02, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
>>At 11:54 AM 4/12/02 -0400, you wrote:
>>>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!
>>Do you think they're thinking "now-in-days"?  Sort of like "day in
>>age"?  (Sorry, Steve!)
>There's a whole bunch of these 'n' expressions that move from one
>category to the other, so I'd guess some of these people are thinking
>"now in days", some "now and days", and some are probably thinking
>some neutralized split-the-diff value between them.  My "X 'n' Y"
>folder includes (some entries from our earlier threads, some from the
>ADS talk on "spitten/spittin'/spit 'n' image" I gave a while back):
>"hand and glove" > "hand in glove"
>"clean shavin"
>"puss in/and boots"
>"foot in mouth disease"  (not always jocularly intended)
>"kitten caboodle"
>"black and red fish"
>"tongue and cheek"
>"(at one's) beckon call"
>"tender lovin'/love and care"
>"Chip and Dale furniture" (I know, something else going on here)
>and now
>"in this day in age"

A great collection!  Reminds me of my cat, Puss in Boots (named after the
folktale/fairy tale), who was recorded by the vet's secretary as Puss and
Boots (as per the cat food).  I think there's also a cat food called Kitten
Kaboodle, isn't there?

Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
Ph.: (740) 593-4568              Fax: (740) 593-2967

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