[Ads-l] Striped (Was Re: [ADS-L] Urban legend? Or fact?)

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Wed Oct 5 21:40:04 EDT 2016

I wrote about this in a blog post a few years back: 

In that post I refer to a thread on this list, but naturally the link is 
broken now, with the newer archiving system. But I do seem to recall 
Wilson responding that I'd broken an old man's heart with my story of 
pronouncing "striped" with two syllables as a child until cognitive 
dissonance overcame me and I switched to one syllable.

I visited this topic again in a Grammar Girl episode earlier this year: 


On 10/5/2016 9:47 AM, Marc Sacks wrote:
> "And is _striped_ disyllabic for anyone else but me?"
> Only as in Daniel Striped Tiger in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood..
> On Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 10:17 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> Poster:       Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
>> Subject:      Urban legend? Or fact?
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>> Agent Orange - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_Orange
>> It was given its name from the color of the orange-striped barrels in which
>> it was shipped and was, by far, the most widely-used of the so-called
>> "rainbow herbicides."
>> And is _striped_ disyllabic for anyone else but me?
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>> -Wilson
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>> 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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