[Ads-l] Right back atcha!

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 16 21:48:56 EDT 2016

On Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 9:34 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:

> Ring Lardner

Old Ring is a pistol! I was once going to post something about the the
phonology of BE WRT the name of the St. Louis rap group, Da Thurlbredz. For
some reason, I googled _thurlbred_ before posting and found:

Ring Lardner: Stories & Other Writings
Ring Lardner, ‎Ian Frazier - 2013 - ‎Preview - ‎[No pagination]
So I had to explain that he didn't run no livery, but owned a string of
race horses. " How thrilling!" says Katie. "I love races! I went to the
Grand Circuit once, the time I was in Columbus." "These is different," I
says. “These is _thurlbreds_.” “So was they _thurlbreds_!” she says. “You
always think a thing can't be no good if you wasn't there.” I let her win
that one. “We must find out when the race is and go,” said the Mrs. “They's
six of them every day,” I said, “but it costs about five smackers apiece to
get in, to say nothing about what you lose betting."

Clearly, that pronunciation is not specific to BE.
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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