Date: Sat, 19 Nov 1994 12:46:59 -0800
From: THOMAS CLARK tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NEVADA.EDU
Subject: Re: new (?) s/sh variation in English before /tr/
While reading the posting, something was tickling the back of my mind.
When mention was made of "doing Christian Slater," it suddenly came to me.
I was watching Stalag 17 for the umpteenth time the other night. One
character does an imitation of James Cagney. His imitation, like all
imitators of Cagney, consisted of hunching his shoulders and snarling
out the side of his mouth, "Now watch it S(h)ee, eSHpeSHally you guys in
the back, SHee. And liSHen up now, SHee." So the SH for /s/ seems to
have been around for awhile.