[Ads-l] I say "Lusitan-i-ay"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 17 15:10:25 UTC 2019

Not identical, but similar and older:

     "I must suffer for deserting,
     “From the brig Niagara;
     "Read this letter, brothers, sisters,
     “’Tis the last you’ll hear from me.”

>From the Wilkes-Barre _Gleaner_ (June 16, 1815).

And, yeah, ll.2 and 4 are supposed to rhyme.  More or less.

On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 3:06 PM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at gmail.com>
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> > Piqua, OH, is pronounced "Pickway."
> The late Harvey Fuqua, who sang lead with The Moonglows on the well-known
> R&B oldie, "Sincerely," pronounced his name as "Fewqway."
> Somewhere, back in the '40's, I read a description of pig-Latin in which
> "-a" was used in place of the "-ay" that I expected on the basis of having
> heard it on the playground. Since this was the only written - hence,
> canonical, of course - version of p-L that I'd ever seen, for years, I
> thought that I was somehow mishearing the "-a" as "-ay."
> Youneverknow.
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