Ann Burlingham ann at BURLINGHAMBOOKS.COM
Thu Nov 20 16:44:16 UTC 2008

On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 5:27 AM, Lynne Murphy <m.l.murphy at sussex.ac.uk> wrote:
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> Subject:      Re: "cumberbund"
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> But in western NYS, I knew it as 'cumberbund'.  I would've thought the
> 'mispronunciation' is at least as widespread (if not more) than the 'real'
> pronunciation.

I grew up in Western NY in the 1970s and learned "cummerbund", but
then, I now own my father's white dinner jacket and blue/green/purple
Thai silk bowtie and cummerbund that he'd occasionally amuse us by
wearing to dinner at home on the farm.

Ann Burlingham
Burlingham Books

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