Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 23:48:27 -0400 From: Elaine Green 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. Elaine Green University of Georgia