Mark A. Mandel
mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Fri Dec 3 23:36:37 UTC 2004
Barbara Need <nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU> wrote:
I just got off the phone with someone offering me a free subscription
to an IT trade magazine, and she had to spell something for me. What
I HEARD her say was, "e as in I". Of course, what she meant was "e as
in eye". In what variety/varieties of English are these not
That is so incredibly counterproductive I can hardly believe it... um, which
is what "incredibly" means, mumble mumble...
Anyway, it reminds me of the following dialogue, which I'm sure has never
occurred. I hope. If THAT could happen...
Directory Assistance, may I help you?
Yes, please, I'd like the number of the Caseway Insurance Company.
Would you please spell that?
C as in cue
A as in are
S as in sea
E as in eye
W as in why
A as in aye
Y as in you
(pause) One moment, please, while I connect you to my supervisor.
-- Mark A. Mandel
[This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]
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