Date: Mon, 4 Dec 1995 09:57:01 EST
From: Beth Lee Simon simon[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CVAX.IPFW.INDIANA.EDU
Subject: Re: -head
When I moved to Wisconsin from Iowa and began teaching high school at
Verona (just outside of Madison) my 5th hour sophomore class took me
in hand. One afternoon, I said, "So, is there is anything else anyone
wants to say before we finish with Of Mice And Men" and the designated
spokesperson said, "Well, yes. There is." The whole class looked around
furtively, and then the speaker said, "Look, we like you a lot, but
you don't say the name of the state right and it's driving us crazy."
They then proceeded to try to get me to change my /kan/ for /k0n/ (open
But what I noticed then, and after, is Dennis Preston's observation:
wi-scon-sin [wI sk0n sIn~s[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n].
I have since moved to Fort Wayne, IN, and now my students tell me I
sound "like a Minnesota Lutheran". If my parents knew, they would first
die and then roll in their graves.