Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 03:06:12 -0500
From: Bob Haas rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAMLET.UNCG.EDU
Subject: Re: /w/ and /hw/
Sorry I took so long to respond to this. You'll find "hoor" in Brian
Friel's play _Translations_ which is set in early 19th century Ireland.
Late in the play, English soldiers march through a corn field prompting
an angry response from the owner as one character tells us: "And Barney
Petey just out of his bed and running after them in his drawers: 'You
hoors you! Get out of my corn, you hoors you!'" (III, ll. 113-15).
Clearly not a term of endearment.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]hamlet.uncg.edu
On Mon, 4 Dec 1995, Suzanne Legault: English wrote:
Interesting, but not surprisingly, I've
never heard the /u:/ (or /uw/, as I prefer to write it).
Have you ever seen the "dialectal" spelling hoor which I always assumed