Pronunciation question (from L. Urdang)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 29 19:20:09 UTC 2007

On 5/29/07, Dennis Preston <preston at> wrote:
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> Poster:       Dennis Preston <preston at MSU.EDU>
> Subject:      Re: Pronunciation question (from L. Urdang)
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> Funny how people talk ways they claim they don't;
> I've even had them deny stuff I've recorded (or
> even shown them on spectrograms).
> Well, not too funny when you consider the reasons.
> dInIs
Speaking of that, dInIs, I've just heard Judge Joe Brown ask:

"Do the children stay _witchoo_? Were they _with you_, at the time?"

Were one to ask him about it, he'd probably answer, "I said 'with you'
in both cases! Do you thank that I'd go on national TV soundin'

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
                                              -Sam'l Clemens

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