David Donnell David.Donnell at EARTHLINK.NET
Fri Sep 21 18:39:13 UTC 2007

Don't know what details CNBC described, but I've frequently heard
Bush use  contrasting pronunciations of the word "war". He switches
between pronouncing it as "wore", and pronouncing it to rhyme with

I consider the former the more std, more ubiqitous pronunciation; I
associate the latter with parts of the midwest & Texas.
(Corrections/more info welcome.)

But I'm also curious about what CNBC described.

Missourian in NYC

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>Poster:       Charles Doyle <cdoyle at UGA.EDU>
>Subject:      Bush
>I didn't watch or listen to the president's press conference
>yesterday (I'm not a masochist!). But late last night I heard a
>commentator on CNBC talking about it. He noted that, at one
>particularly tense moment, Bush lost his infamous emulation of
>TexSpeak and reverted to his native New England dialect. I wonder
>what details the commentator was observing, phonologically speaking?

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