Date: Tue, 13 Dec 1994 09:22:48 -0600

From: Katherine Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BGA.COM

Subject: Re: Da Bears

At 8:59 PM 12/12/94 -0600, Timothy C. Frazer wrote:

One problem with our alphabet, among of course many others, is that we

don't have a symbol for schwa. When the guys on Sat. nite Live. would

say "DAH Bears," that was of course a spelling pronunciation. "Duh"

might be demeaning but of course is more accurate, phonetically.

I may be misunderstanding what you're saying here, but there are parts of

Chicago where "the" (or "dah") takes a much flatter sound than you'd get

in, say, Duh Bronx. I think the Saturday Night Live people got it right,

and "dah" would be the best spelling.

Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]