[Ads-l] Facebook: "He was _victim blaming_ those affected."

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 7 22:46:12 UTC 2015

On Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 2:03 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> On the other hand, copy-editors engaged in witch-hunting probably are just
> hunting whiches.

Not in *my* dialect! They're hunting *witches*! Sadly, there aren't many of
us [hw]-speakers left. A barracks-mate from Cincinnata casually observed, a
propose of nothing, "You know, the H in words that start with wh- isn't
pronounced," way back in 1960. Had I been a violent man, I'd have punched
him out for implying that my pronunciation was not correct.

Well, it wasn't really like that. It was one of those times when some
random thought pops into your head and you just speak it, there being no
obvious reason not to.

I wonder whether it would have made any difference, if the spelling, hw-,
had been maintained. Probably not. But,


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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