Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 13 22:39:14 UTC 2006

If it wasn't for the fact that few sons and daughters of the ruling
class see military service, these days, I'd attribute it to the
influence of the military. The Soldier's Guide of the 'Fifties
specified the pronunciation, IIRC:


Or maybe it's just dissimilation.


On 12/13/06, Alison Murie <sagehen at westelcom.com> wrote:
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> Subject:      "Fo'ward"
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> I hear "foward" for forward in the (AE) speech of people (who generally
> give /r/ its r-ness) more and more these days.  Except for "Fuggeddaboudit"
> I can't think of other places where this is happening.  When forecastles
> might have turned up in day-to-day speech, I understand it was pronounced
> "fo'c'sle", but I wouldn't know from my own experience!
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