Date: Thu, 12 Oct 1995 08:09:15 -0700 From: Dan Alford Subject: Re: Ornery Kathleen 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. > > Rima >