Heard on The Judges: BE "nary a"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 11 15:56:20 UTC 2008

Put a tilde after the vowel: /n&~@~/. The tilde is a separate ASCII
character that won't (had BETTER not!) mess up any platform's
Mark Mandel

On Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 3:33 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> Fiftyi-ish, black male speaker:
> "I ain't offer her _nary a_ [n&@] dime!"
> A poster to [adult swim]'s listserv for the animated cartoon, "The
> Boondocks," wrote:
> "so, im black nd i dnot hav _nan_ season['s DVD]"  (So, I'm black and
> I don't have the DVD of even *one* season [of "The Boondocks"].)
> It appears to me that this poster's _nan_ is an interesting effort by
> an amateur at an eye-dialect spelling of [n&@] (= "nary one," in this
> case) in which the vowels are always heavily nasalized.
> (BTW, how do you represent the nasalization of vowels on this listserv
> without changing the phonetics into gibberish?)
> -Wilson
> 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.
> -----
> -Mark Twain
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