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Re: I'm back, and Tairezazh update ...

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Monday, January 20, 2003, 21:19
Tristan wrote:
>>PS Can anybody enlighten me as to the etymology of the word "blackguard", >>and why it, according to my sister's dictionary at least, is >>pronounced as >>if "blaggard"? > >It's a compound of the words 'black' and 'guard', hence the spelling. >Many compounds' pronunciation is reduced to something less transparent; >cf. 'cupboard' or the earlier pronunciation of 'waistcoat' ('wesket'). >As in 'cupboard', the two consonants merged. Just language change in >action. (I find it odd, though, that the second syllable of 'blackguard' >retains its value (/bl&ga:d/)* whereas 'cupboard' becomes /kab@d/. Just >English at work, I guess.) > >*Disclaimer: I've never used this word. My pronunciation is based on the >one in the Macquarie Dictionary, as is my derivation. (My reading of >your '"blaggard"' was actually /bl&g@d/.)
Funnily, the actual spelling in my sister's dictionary was "_black_-guard" (where underlining represents italicization), which I unthinkingly assumed meant ['bl&g@d] ... Andreas _________________________________________________________________ MSN 8: advanced junk mail protection and 2 months FREE*.