Date: Tue, 7 Nov 1995 18:08:37 -0500 From: "Suzanne Legault: English" Subject: Re: supervisor/coupon On Tue, 7 Nov 1995, Natalie Maynor wrote: > I'm a /ju/ (/yu/) user in words like "news," "Tuesday," "coupon" but would > not use it in "supervisor." I can't think of any words I would have the > /sju/ combination in. > --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Natalie: How about "assume"? I think I have it there, as a general rule. But as for "suture," it's a puzzlement, if not a bona fide vexed question. How about a "serious" thread on such minutiae, starting with whatever evidence we can find in Early Mod. English, and ending with some spiffy late-twentieth century sociolinguistic insights. One thing's for sure: Old-time New Yorkers of ANY class distinguish between the "dew" and the "doo" on their shoes. What it's due to is the question to which I hope our potential thread will suggest an answer. Suzanne