Date: Fri, 8 Mar 1996 09:30:39 -0500 From: "Dennis R. Preston" Subject: Re: Inter-variety miscommunication AHA! David's Strohs story (below), reminds me of an even more touching one. While I was in Poland in the early '70's, I once returned to western New York with the director of the institute where I worked in Pozanan for a student and faculty exchange business trip. I took my Polish friend to a 'local bar,' walked up to the bartender, and, wanting the visitor to try a local brew, asked for 'two Kochs.' Now, any western NYer can tell you that the native pronunciation of Kochs is 'cooks,' but I assume my new-found linguistic skills in Polish (and perhaps even the presence of a Polish speaker) led me to say [koxs]; imagine the surprise (need I say terror?) of my Polish friend and me when we ended up with two Cokes! (ARRRRRRGH!) Dennis Preston'ski >From: NAME: David Bergdahl > FUNC: English > TEL: (614) 593-2783 >To: MX%"ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]"[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAX[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MRGATE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAX > >On inter-variety miscommunication: > > When I visited Athens, OH from Syracuse, NY with my wife and child to >find housing Easter week 1968, it was a warm 60ish day and at the OU Inn where >we were having dinner, my wife and I ordered two planters' punches. They came >without straws. I went to the bar and asked for two straws for our drinks and >the bartender said he couldn't give 'em to me, but our waitress did. After >finally finding the waitress and explaining our difficulty, she returned with >two bottles of Stroh's beer!. > > (Athens has low back vowel mergers and coming from L.I. I don't) > >BERGDAHL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU > David Bergdahl > Ohio University/Athens > "Where Appalachia meets the Midwest"--Anya Briggs Dennis R. Preston Department of Linguistics and Languages Michigan State University East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Office: (517)432-1235 Fax: (517)432-2736