Date: Wed, 8 Nov 1995 14:03:50 -0500 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: RhetORic > On a quick ride to the Wal-Mart to get some anti-freeze a minute ago, I > heard a caller from Wisconsin (I believe) tell Rush Limbaugh something > about liberal rhetORic, with stress on the second syllable. Is this > pronunciation common up yonder or is it an attempt at saying a word read > but never heard? i've never lived in wisconsin, but my guess is that the guy knew the word "rhetorical" and was basing the pronunciation on that. lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-4199 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA