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Re: USAGE: intrusive "r" [was Re: (Offlist) Re: ASCII IPA]

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Thursday, August 22, 2002, 12:06
Thomas R. Wier scripsit:

> (The only difference is, _cuss_ was not looked down on as > the speech of ignorant people; it's just what people used.)
There has been a lexical split here and in a small number of other words. (In religious contexts I bet that even in Texas "curse" prevails.) The other cases I know about are the pronunciation "ass" for "arse", the informal word "passel" (a large quantity) < "parcel", and most surprisingly to me "sass" (speak disrespectfully) < "sauce". In LotR, Sam mentally characterizes Faramir's treatment of Frodo as "sauce", and responds protectively; when reading the book aloud, I found myself saying "sass" here automatically. -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis vom dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)