[Ads-l] Maybe it's a Saint Louis thing

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 11 19:37:36 UTC 2016

On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 10:57 AM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at gmail.com> wrote:

> Not just a St. Louis thing.  I remember hearing it as "Mo[l]trin" too, and
> that would have been in Central Indiana.

Language is bizarre. Some native-speakers of English hear a W as a "hard" L
in some environments, others hear a "hard" L as a W in other environments.
Among the Slavic languages, the historical "hard" L preserved in e.g.
Russian and Czech, has become W in, e.g. Ukrainian and Polish.
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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