[Ads-l] "s'goes"?

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Mon Aug 21 21:25:00 UTC 2023

Purely a guess: Perhaps a blend of
Thats awful  + That galls me,
with loss of the /l/ sound.
For the loss of /l/ I am reminded of
Russian volk vs. Ukrainian vouk (wolf),
and a sign I once saw in Louisiana
after a hurricane: Heaven Hep Us. (sic: not Help).

Gerald Cohen

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A friend asked me about a term that his mother (New Yorker, Jewish, born early 1930s) used,
pronounced "s'goes", and meaning 'to displease', as in "that s'goes me".

I can't imagine what actual word/expression that pronunciation is supposed to represent. Any ideas?

Jesse Sheidlower

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