Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 24 22:02:15 UTC 2013

On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 9:29 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

> What did he know himself as?

You mean "does," right? They haven't had a chance to torture him to death,

Well, if it's true that he's lost the power of speech as the consequence of
a bullet-wound in his throat, we may never know.

I assume that his classmate's pronunciation is founded on the pronunciation
that he himself used, making it, IMO, good enough for government work and
superior to the random pronunciations based on a strict, letter-for-letter
transliteration from Russo-Cyrillic by people confused by the fact that
Russian has to use two letters to spell the sound denoted by the single
Anglo-Roman letter J, as English has to use two letters, TS, to spell the
sound denoted by the single Russo-Cyrillic letter Ц.
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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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