Date: Sat, 5 Mar 1994 16:28:24 -0500 From: Martha Howard Subject: I and E When I first came to West Virginia, I was curious about the students' references to " Ink pInz" (writing instrument until I realized that in their vocabulary "pin" and "pen" were both pronounced "pIn; therefore, one must distinguish which kind of pIn was being referred to. My first reaction had been to wonder what other kind of pen does one write with? Also, more frequent 30 years ago than now was the usually lower class or lower middle class pronunciation of fish and dish with the vowel sound of eat. And bush and push with the vowel sound of boot. The nurse in the delivery room kept telling me to poosh--much more annoying than the labor itself! I refused and pUsht!