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.