Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 23:48:27 -0400
From: Elaine Green elaineg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ATLAS.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: ornery
On Tue, 10 Oct 1995, Kathleen M. O'Neill wrote:
I cite my mother's idiolect an awful lot, because hers is one of
the most eccentric I know of.
At any rate, I grew up hearing her call us "AHN ree" with a very
nasal initial vowel -- and for no good reason, I might add. :-)
Of course, my mother comes from Baltimore and, well, there are some
fun pronunciations in Baltimore.
Any Baltimoreans out there?
I was born in Baltimore, and raised in the Suburbs between Baltimore and
D.C.. I say ornery with three syllables like Kathleen, not like her
Mother from Baltimore. I didn't recognize any of the other
pronunciations she listed, but that could be because I didn't grow up in
Baltimore proper. There definitely are some "fun" pronunciations from
Baltimore- it has been interesting working on a Linguistic Atlas project
in Georgia after growing up in Maryland. I might add that working at
the Atlas has also made me realize that I use positive anymore (as we recently
discussed on the list not to long ago). Now everyone enjoys
"catching" me because I swore that I didn't use that construction. But
that's probably not Baltimorean- that's probably from all the time I spent
in the mountains of central Pennsylvania.
University of Georgia