Re: LCC2: Meeting our Community
|Date:||Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 2:07|
> [mailto:CONLANG@listserv.brown.edu] On Behalf Of Douglas Koller
> Similar problem with the colloquial /vEdZ/ (presumably from
> "vegetate"), meaning "to think in a clouded way, staring into
> space, mouth agape (and we're not talking benevolent love
> here) (cf. Japanese: "boo to siteru" and Chinese: "fa1dai1")
> (eg: Kou standing vacuously in the middle of the kitchen
> wondering why he walked in there in the first place says to
> self: "Douglas, stop vedging!") (and don't Britons
> occasionally use /vEdZ/ for "vegetables?"). After dabbling with
> veg (which usually elicits "/vEg/")
> vege (which usually elicits head-scratching ?'s) and
> vegge (too much like "ye olde shoppe" for my taste, and it
> still doesn't get you any closer)
> high school friends and I decided on "vedge," which still
> sucks and loses its original morphophenemic value but at
> least elicits the correct pronunciation.
> But now we can have veǧ! Hurrrah veǧ!... veǧ, veǧ, veǧ.
I was thrown off in Australia by the spelling of "rego" /'redZoU/
(short for "registration number").
Then there's the one that really annoys me, "judgment" which looks
like it should be spoken /jVdgm@nt/ .