-SS -> -ST?

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Fri Dec 1 17:48:20 UTC 2006

Yes; I shouldn't have said all over the South. I believe Upland
Southern and Appalachia has "feist" and Coastal and some Piedmont has
"fice," hence the Faulkner spelling. Texas speakers, perhpas not all,
are often explicit with "feist (or fice) dog"; the following /d/
makes it difficult to tell if they have articulated a /t/ or not.


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>In a message dated 12/1/06 8:52:21 AM, preston at MSU.EDU writes:
>>  Fiesty (the normal spelling by the way pretty much all over the
>>  South) dogs (and people for that matter) may have their label derived
>>  from flatulence, but the current sense anywhere I know it carries not
>>  one iota of the semantics of this precursor.
>In the South, the term for the farty little dog itself is "fice"--no "t"
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