[Ads-l] New to me: _woo-woo sauce_ "Worcestershire sauce"

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Thu Sep 10 12:16:18 UTC 2015

New to me as well. Note the (incorrect) -ch- spelling which suggests how 
this writer pronounces it and that this writer is NOT from/in New 
England. (I believe the MD county by the same name uses the rhotic and 
-ch- pronunciation.)

We do use "Woo" as a cutback nickname for Worcester, MA. Note the change 
from the "-uh-" short vowel in the full name to the long "-oo-" in the 
nickname. The city has a cultural sites card called "the Woo card." The 
nickname for Worcester State U is "Woo State". And there's a place in 
town that calls itself "The Woo".

I find the reduplication in the sauce nickname interesting if not cutesy.

And I think I've exhausted the limited store of  linguistic analysis and 
terminology that I can bring to bear on this topic.

---Amy West
Worcester, MA

On 9/10/15 12:00 AM, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date:    Wed, 9 Sep 2015 15:51:11 -0400
> From:    Wilson Gray<hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: New to me:_woo-woo sauce_  "Worcestershire sauce"
> Question about marinating steak in Worstershire
> forum.lowcarber.org › ... › Newbies' Questions
> Jan 21, 2004 - 11 posts - ‎5 authors
> Worchester or "WOO-WOO" Sauce as I call it does not have a lot of carbs in
> it.
> 241 raw hits
> -- -Wilson ----- 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

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