Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 00:49:00 -0500
From: ALICE FABER faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HASKINS.YALE.EDU
DInIs P said:
Good shot Rudy! Your comment awakened in me the memory (but see below for
its possible sociolinguistic inaccuracy) that the geminate pronunciation
was the one that I used (in the 40's in Louisville) and the open syllable
form was the one I associated with older (and, sad to say) 'hickish'
speakers. In fact, the nongeminate pronunciation was one I (and
schoolmates) used (along with 'hep' for 'help,' 'a'-prefixing, etc...) as a
On one of the Usenet groups I waste time with (have to do *something* when the
ADS digest has fewer than 65 messages on root beer and the like), I noticed
the spelling "coke cola" in a posting that appeared to have been proofread.
Alas, there were no clues as to the poster's home region, but this certainly
seems like a non-linguist's attempt to represent a geminate.
faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]haskins.yale.edu