Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Jan 9 01:18:50 UTC 2008

At 12:11 PM -0500 1/8/08, Laurence Horn wrote:
>At 10:43 AM -0600 1/8/08, Philip (Flip) Kromer wrote:
>>Tony Kornheiser (Pardon the Interruption, Monday Night Football,
>>ex-washpost) says 'Jagwire' or very close to it.
>Are you sure he's not doing it self-consciously, with invisible
>quotes?  I've heard Tom Jackson (of ESPN) refer to the Jacksonville
>team as the Jagwires, and probably other commentators, but I suspect
>if Kornheiser does it he's not being authentic.  (He often isn't.)
>He is indeed from Long Island, where I certainly never heard
>"Jagwire".  (In those days, it would have been in reference to the
>car or possibly the cat; the team hadn't been invented yet.)

A bit of support for this position:  at 5:45 or so tonight (EST),
Tony Kornheiser was discussing the upcoming Jaguars-Patriots playoff
game on PTI and referred to the Jacksonville team by nickname four
times, pronouncing it as "the ['Jaegwarz]" (sans diphthong) each time.


>>  You can download the
>>podcast version of PTI from iTunes; I know I heard him do it repeatedly last
>>week, but don't recall which one. I'm sure you'll find multiple uses these
>>past and next few weeks.
>>He's not undereducated, and is Long Island, I think.
>>On Jan 8, 2008 6:34 AM, Sam Clements <SClements at neo.rr.com> wrote:
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>>>  Poster:       Sam Clements <SClements at NEO.RR.COM>
>>>  Subject:      Jagwire
>>>  Of course I'm talking about Jaguar.
>>>  Since I'm not a linguist, is there an explanation for the =
>>>  mispronunciation of the word?  I never encountered it until I worked =
>>>  with some people in Middle Ohio, who also happen to be undereducated(and =
>>>  coincidentally from Southern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania).  Or am I =
>>>  reading too much into their family backgrounds?
>>>  Anyway, is this something as simple as saying "warsh" for wash, "tarred" =
>>>  for tired? =20
>>>  Sam Clements
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