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OT: whore/poor (Was: Re: OT: My wedding pictures)

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 5, 2003, 17:47
John Cowan wrote at 2003-08-05 13:10:04 (-0400)
 > Jan van Steenbergen scripsit:
 > > "My dad is a drunk and my mother a whore, no wonder we're so devastatingly
 > > poor."
 > This actually rhymes in some varieties of American English, those that
 > make the keywords [hu@\r] and [pu\@r].  The spelling pronunciation [hOr\]
 > is more normal for the former, however.  Some writers use the spelling
 > "hoor" to represent dialects that use [hu\r] -- usually stigmatized ones,
 > though an English professor of mine said it.

It rhymes in my version of RP, too - [hO:] vs [pO:], I think.  (One
point where I diverge from the designations in my dictionary, which
gives "poor" as the example for /U@/).

It scans rather nicely, as well.


John Cowan <cowan@...>