Date: Wed, 8 Nov 1995 11:44:49 -0500
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: supervisor/coupon
Just so! See, I knew there were more good-talkers out there.
(On a little reflection after my last hasty post, I do appear to have an
unglided trisyllabic form, but it is weird - [mr+kr+ri], where the second
/r/ serves both as the vocalic segment of the middle syllable and the onset
to the final. It wasn't until I said it out loud that I realized I had it.
I guess it fits those indeterminate social situations which fall between
those which clearly demand the trisyllabic glided and those which select my
more euphonius bisyllabic form (which Allen reports at least having
I've heard it pronounced "murkry".
maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]u.washington.edu
On Wed, 8 Nov 1995, Bethany Dumas, UTK wrote:
HOw else would one say "mercury" but with the glide?
Curious and learning,
dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]utkvx.utk.edu