Date: Wed, 24 Jul 1996 15:42:57 -0500
From: Katherine Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BGA.COM
Subject: Re: WAFT and the Principle of Linguistic Entropy
Just to throw my confusion into the mix: both "waeft" & "wahft" sound
perfectly correct to me, and after some agonizing about it I still can't
decide which I use. I suspect that I mix them -- say "waeft" for example,
but "wahfting." So sue me. I say "quaeff" & "quahff" too.
Perhaps you would call me a southerner, since (except for my undergrad
years) I have lived in Georgia, Florida and Texas since I was 5. But my
parents are northerners and if you had to hazard a guess at my accent you
would probably say "Minnesota," which is where my mother is from --
unless, that is, I gave myself away with a "y'all" or "fixin' to," as I
very well might.
Do you find it is increasingly difficult to pin down a speaker's
"region", even if they give you their life histories? Just curious.
Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]bga.com