I say "Lusitan-i-ay"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Aug 21 00:02:07 UTC 2014

On Aug 20, 2014, at 7:46 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> In this thread from many years ago I noted that Matthew Arnold formally
> rhymed  "Lusitania" with "I say" back in 1879.
> Here's another, if less formal example of the same principal.
> Fiddlin' John Carson and His Virgina Reelers recorded a song about the
> Civil War called "Dixie Division" in 1924.  You can very distinctly hear
> Fiddlin' John a-singin' "Georgia, Alabama, Flori-day."

It was only later, when they discovered fluoridation was a Commie plot, that they changed it to Flori-duh.


> That's the normal "George-uh" and "Alabam-uh," Not "Georgy" or "Alabammy."
> Go, as they say, figger.
> JL
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