[Ads-l] Heard on a reality cop-opera

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 25 04:28:41 EST 2016

An ADA speaks:

"These are irreFYOOtable _evidences_."

Not only is "irREFyootable," the pronunciation of _irrefutable_, but
_evidence_ is countable.

Of course, with very little effort, it's possible to find instances of
_evidence_ as a count-noun dating back to at least 1586.

Further checking suggests that, though irREFyootable is
acceptable, irreFYOOtable is preferred.

I must say, as I enter my ninetieth dekkid, that it sucks to have outlived
the currency of one's dialect.

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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