G-ful "gnu"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Jan 27 02:47:55 UTC 2013

At 1/26/2013 06:55 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>About halfway through today's broadcast of "Radio Lab"
>(http://www.radiolab.org/2010/oct/15/) is a g-ful pronunciation of "gnu,"
>referring to the animal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU says that
>"GNU" is g-ful). I looked at my phone shortly afterward and it was
>1:31, so it should have occurred within five minutes before the
>halfway mark. It was in the discussion about Wile E. Coyote.

Of course if you want a g-lee-ful pronunciation of gnu, hear Flanders
and Swann.  There's also a ringtone for your clock ... I mean phone,
at e.g.


>I believe the speaker was over 60, based on the vague recollection I
>have of the timeframe involved. That segment is also available at

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

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