X marks the spot (was: txt msgs & BrSc)
|From:||Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Monday, June 18, 2001, 18:13|
At 12:02 am -0400 18/6/01, John Cowan wrote:
>Raymond Brown scripsit:
>> Indeed, there
>> is a distinct tendency here for semi-literate to read initial x- as /Egz/
>> in unusual words, e.g. 'xanthic' /Eg"zanTIk/, 'xiphoid' /Eg"zIfQjd/,
>> 'Xerxes' /Eg"z@(r)ksiz/, etc. I've even heard /Eg"zajl@f@un/ !
>Here too. I even know some Javiers who think the English version of
>their name is /Eksejvi@r/!
Yep - I'd forgotten one. Common enough here: "St Francis Exavier"
A mind which thinks at its own expense
will always interfere with language.
[J.G. Hamann 1760]