Date: Wed, 11 Oct 1995 16:53:48 -0500

From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIC.EDU

Subject: Re: Ornery Kathleen

Hey! I resemble that remark. Tee hee.

I suppose there was _some_ ambiguity in Elaine's statement

about the number of syllables in "ornery," but come on. :-)

Funny you should mention that, though...

(Funny strange, not... nevermind.)

All my life I've noticed that some people have a tendency

to pronounce my name with three syllables.

"KATH' uh LEEN''" or somethin'.

But I haven't noticed a regional trend one way or the other.


As a general rule, can we say that _ornery_ usually has three

syllables in the eastern states and two in the west? And that the

first "r" is pronounced in the east?

Likewise, does Kathleen have two syllables in the west and three in

the east?

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.

Elaine Green

Tom Uharriet