Date: Wed, 12 Oct 1994 00:25:52 -0400 From: PPATRICK[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET Subject: Re: Name that syntagm James Beniger's "Sure, Sure" story reminds me (but alas only partially) of a joke my father used to tell. Unfortunately this is typical of his humor! Some similarly pompous or confident fellow is proclaiming that "there are only 3 words in the English language which begin S-U- but are pronounced 'shu-': SUGAR, SUMAC and [?]". His listener then asks, "Are you sure?" The problem is I can't remember the 3rd one, or find one in a dictionary, excepot variants of "sure". Does anyone know...? --plp