Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 10 18:18:14 UTC 2009

Ellen's pronuciation of "shawty" changes the "t" to a "d".  SHAW-dee ~shaudee.  I think that's the majority form in USA, but perhaps not in UK.  She does a good job with the "awe" vowel.  Some folks (awe-droppers) don't say "awe" any more, replacing it with "ah".  So "shawty" would become "shoddy", Which would be a shoddy way of saying shawty.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+
see phonetic spelling

> Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 08:35:00 -0400
> From: medievalist at W-STS.COM
> Subject: Re: shawty
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> Poster: Amy West
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> I think Ellen went to high school at least in a New Orleans suburb --
> I'm trying to remember which one: either Kenner or Metairie. I
> believe she also lived in New Orleans for a bit (a New Orleans friend
> remembers Ellen showing up at her brother's band gigs to check out
> the girls).
> ---Amy West
>>Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2009 13:47:04 -0400
>>From: Wilson Gray
>>Subject: Re: shawty
>>Well, Ellen [sic] is a native of East Texas, born in Palestine, reared
>>in Karnak, IIRC, a "suburb" - I apply this term laughingly - of my own
>>birthplace of Marshall. It's difficult to scrub the regional or ethnic
>>schmutz out of your speech entirely.
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