[Ads-l] _-ass_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 10 02:36:39 UTC 2016

On Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 9:54 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> "ice cream"

It took me a while, but I finally understood that you simply have to accept
it, despite the fact that ice has no cream.

OTOH, it has always been intuitively obvious to me that "-ass" < "-assed"
not only because we boojies pronounce it that way as necessary, but also
because that's the way that English works in our sub-dialect.

Of course, when you get down to the real nitty-gritty, it's not for BE, but
for sE that these analyses are being perpetrated.

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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