Date: Thu, 12 Oct 1995 06:39:49 -0400
From: Seth Sklarey crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IPOF.FLA.NET
Subject: Re: Ornery Kathleen/realator
All my life I've noticed that some people have a tendency
to pronounce my name with three syllables.
"KATH' uh LEEN''" or somethin'.
Presumably the same folks who add the "uh" in the middle of Kathleen (a 2
syllable word as far as I can tell) are the same folks who say athuhlete
(and drive me crazy).
Ornery is different - losing a syllable, not adding a superfluous one.
BTW, I say it with both the first r and 3 syllables and grew up in NY. Of
course, it's not really a word I use a whole hell of a lot in any case.
They probably also say Realator instead of Realtor and nucular instead of
nuclear. If they are from the south they say umbrella & insurance with
the accent on the first syllable.
Wittgenstein School of the Unwritten Word
Coconut Grove, FL