Geoff Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Sun Apr 4 15:48:10 UTC 2010

Many people I knew in Toronto in the sixties also dropped the /s/. I recall thinking it was an odd, rather cute pronunciation. It often involved the punchline to a joke so racist I'm ashamed I even remember it.


Geoffrey S. Nathan
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----- "Laurence Horn" <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:

> From: "Laurence Horn" <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> Sent: Sunday, April 4, 2010 11:09:40 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
> Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: Popsicle
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> At 1:17 AM -0400 4/4/10, victor steinbok wrote:
> >I am still trying to figure out why there are so many references to
> >Epperson coining Creamsicle, Fudgesicle, etc.
> >
> Was it just me and people I knew who never pronounced the "s" in the
> latter?  It was always "Fudgicle", and I was surprised the first time
> I read the package to see that it was technically "Fudgesicle".  No
> such problems with the other (cream, corpse) varieties.  I guess if
> we start from "icicle" the process is similar to that for the
> -((c)o)holic family.
> LH
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