-SS -> -ST?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 1 02:04:49 UTC 2006

My mother says "once-t" and "twice-t," among other words of this type.
OTOH, she says "fis'' for "fist" and "feis" for "feist." In fact, this
sort of thing is not at all unusual in BE.


On 11/30/06, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
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> One more item I remembered last night is hearse -> hearst. My sister
> drove a hearse a few years back (as her regular car) and was
> surprised at the number of people who asked her about her "hearst".
> As I recall, it was only her telling me about all the wrong
> pronunciations that prevented me from doing the same.
> Benjamin Barrett
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