Southern stress shift

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri Jan 18 15:18:36 UTC 2013

An aside:  It's interesting to note that both the words "umbrella" and "parasol" implicitly specify that the item is to be used for protection not against rain but against the sun--a use formerly common in the American South, not so much anymore (except on the beach or at golf tournaments).


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On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 11:36 PM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at> wrote:
> umbrella

OT, since I have nothing to say about "September," but I learned
"umbrella" as "UM-ba-rella" and also "parasol," as a total synonym, no
difference in meaning whatsoever. These days, I use only "UM-brella"
and "parasol" has been relegated to the trashbasket of history.


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