Date: Mon, 1 Jan 1996 21:52:06 -0800
From: Dan Moonhawk Alford dalford[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S1.CSUHAYWARD.EDU
Subject: Re: New Joiner Here
On Tue, 2 Jan 1996, Russ McClay wrote:
My intention is to lurk. But before I get into that mode, thought
I'd throw a few things out there:
Another is celestial. For some reason I've always slipped an r in
after the t. Though I've nearly cured that one.
Does this therefore become 'celeshtrial'? If so, this fits into previous
discussions of str - shtr phenomena.
And two more: though I am a touch typist (about 60 wpm, 95% accuracy
excluding numbers), I have what I consider the strange habit of not
typing the "r" when I type the word "your". I've noticed this with
others on the net.
This sounds like rhota-mysticism!
And lastly, the word "definitely". I see this word
spelled as often definately as I do the correct way.
As a descriptively oriented linguistics prof, I must admit I don't know
what to do with this one. I grind my teeth often as I see 'definately'
appear over and over in my students papers. If I knew what the -a- was
based on, like some stressed idiom (DEFinATEly!), I could perhaps
understand this quite widespread misspelling. Is it just that schwa most
often (?!) transliterates as an 'a'? I really don't understand this
amazingly frequent misspelling, tho I try.