Southern stress shift

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 18 15:56:36 UTC 2013

On Jan 18, 2013, at 10:18 AM, Charles C Doyle wrote:

> 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).

As opposed to "parapluie", which doesn't mince words.

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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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