Re: YAEPT: Australian Milo
|From:||Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, July 1, 2006, 7:00|
On 6/30/06, Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...> wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Jun 2006 16:14:35 -0400, Mark Reed <markjreed@...> wrote:
> > This is still YAEPT, but not about Aussies or Clouseau. On a BBC
> > comedy I heard someone say a certain offensive word for female
> > genitalia, one vowel removed from "twit". I find it funny that they
> > didn't bleep it out, actually, since they did bleep other similar
> > words. In any case, the actor pronounced it with an /&/, which I find
> > amusing. Is that the normal pronunciation over there?
> That's the usual pronunciation, but the vowel can also be /Q/
Strange; I thought it would be /Q/ only (which is my vowel in "what",
for example, which presumably influenced my expectation -- something
like "/w/ + |a| + stop in closed syllable makes the |a| into /Q/" or
the like). But then, I don't think I've ever heard the word spoken, so
this is a spelling pronunciation.
I also use /Q/ in "wattle (and daub)" and "WATCOM" and "Wapping";
again, though I don't know whether that's correct or not, since I
don't think I've heard either word pronounced.
Strangely, though, I have /&/ in "whack" and "wacky" and "WAP", so the
rule is apparently not as simple as "/w/ + |a| + stop" -- if there is,
indeed, a rule at all.
Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>