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ach y fi (was: CHAT Starbucks (was: Hymn to Ikea etc.))

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Sunday, February 29, 2004, 3:13
Michael Poxon wrote:

> Yes it is /a:x@vi:/ or /a:xVvi:/ meaning something that you say when you > throw your hands up in despair. "Oh no!" "My goodness" or whatever. > Literally it's "Oh the me!"
Very reminiscent of Spanish "¡Ay de mí!" and French? Italian? literary "ahimé" 'alas'. Do other languages have such close correspondences? Did Latin, or might this be a Celticism??? Just _speculans_.


Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>