Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 15:44:04 -0500
From: Pat Courts courts[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AIT.FREDONIA.EDU
Subject: Re: "wh"
Mark, your story about "huwa" for whore reminded me of an incident that
occurred many years abo when I was stil at Michigan sTate U. Wandering
through the building in which the ESL classes were held, I heard this
chorus of students repeating, "woont, woont, woont" (dobl "oo" sounding
like the "o" in "do." I peeked int o see that a friend of mine was teachng
the class, so later on I asked what the hell he was doing with this "woont"
stuff. Well (or was it "why"), says he, "I was trying to teach them how to
pronounce "woont," you know, like in "I woont (won't) do it." I am from
Chicago and therefore speak Standard English--I, of course, corrected him
immediately. Unfortunately, he thought I spoke strangely too.
At 02:42 PM 11/24/97 -0500, Mark Mandel wrote:
I'll always remember in the mid 60s seeing a graffito in NYC, around
104th St. and Broadway:
YOUR MOTHER IS A HUWA
That puzzled me for a very long time, till I finally "heard" it mentally with
the appropriate accent and intonation to match something I had actually
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