kneck and kneck

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Mon Sep 3 03:23:42 UTC 2007

>>  It's a funny expression for human runners anyway.  Must come from horse
>>racing. " Toe & toe"  or "chest & chest" would be more appropriate to the
>>posture of  human racing.
>Yup, that is odd now that you mention it.
>>There's something about that initial k in /kneck/ that (to my mind) insists
>>on being voiced. Anyone else?
>Voiced as in /gnEk/?  Or voiced as in pronounced, i.e. /knEk/?  I've
>heard "knock" jocularly pronounced /knak/ as in "knock knock jokes",
>but never having even seen "kneck" before tonight, I have no idea how
>I might hear it.
Yes, /knEk/, and that comedy routine with the /knak knak/ jokes is
definitely rattling around in there  & probably contributes to it.

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