Date: Fri, 13 Oct 1995 13:47:19 -0400
From: Katherine Devore kdevore[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BIH.HARVARD.EDU
Subject: Re: Ornery Kathleen
Re the epenthetic schwas, I think it all started with my personal pet
peeve, "didunt" and "couldunt" and "wouldunt". It has spread!!!!
On Thu, 12 Oct 1995, Dan Alford wrote:
My eight-year-old girl pronounces her friend Ashley's name as ASH-uh-lee.
What's happening with these epenthetic schwas?
On Wed, 11 Oct 1995, Rima & Kim McKinzey wrote:
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.