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Re: CHAT Re: eng and veg (was: LCC2: Meeting our Community)

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Thursday, July 19, 2007, 16:46
On 7/18/07, Roger Mills <rfmilly@...> wrote:
> Then, as so often happens, the "out" was dropped by lazy or > impatient teenagers-- perhaps recently, an IM-ing shortcut?
No, I'm pretty sure I heard the "out"-less variant pre-Internet.
> "veg" is clearly to be pronounced [vEdZ], and needs no remedial spelling, > since it is clearly a truncation based on the written form. Similarly with > "soc" [soUS] for "sociology"-- though in the 50s, Harvard offered a new > course popularly called Soc Rel ["sAk'rEl] (Social Relations) which was > sociology (then a new-ish academic field, and at that time not highly > regarded) in disguise.
I was selected for Georgia's Governor's Honors Program in 1984 - 600 high school students from across the state got six weeks of intensive study in one major area. We all got jerseys with our major areas printed on it. Mine was Spanish; another was Social Studies, but it didn't fit all spelled out, so those jerseys read "SOC STUD". Naturally we took to calling the Social Studies majors "soc studs", but we pronounced it as if the first word were "sock".
> I hear various pronunciations of the current "vegan", either ['vig@n] or > ['veIgan] (but they're from outer space aren't they?) or what I consider > correct, ['vEdZ@n], in view of its origin.
I've never heard anything but the first for the vegetarian subclass; I agree the second properly refers to aliens from the Vega system. -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>