Date: Mon, 1 Jan 1996 21:52:06 -0800 From: Dan Moonhawk Alford Subject: Re: New Joiner Here Welcome, Lurker! 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.