Date: Wed, 11 Oct 1995 09:49:37 -0400 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: mrs/miz'/gazz >While we are discussing fun-etic mispronounciations how about MESSERS for the >gentlemen? > When I've heard /mIzrIz/, no one has been laughing. As an outsider, I noticed the difference. When queried, however, my local students usually say that they have never noticed the difference. I once had a student who said that her mother told her that the correct pronunciation of "Mrs." was /mIzrIz/. Formal occasions have great potential for unintended humor, but no one seemed to flinch over /mIzrIz/, which I have seldom heard and can remember hearing in the two places I listed in the previous post. By the way, the speakers were both white Southern males. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]