End of ADS-L Digest - 20 Sep 1995 to 21 Sep 1995 ************************************************ There are 36 messages totalling 882 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. culinary excesses (2) 2. teeth/tooths 3. Positive 'anymore' 4. acceptability/grammaticality judgments, please (6) 5. Plural Proper Nouns (4) 6. 'dental dam' (8) 7. Conference: Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association 8. cunnilingus (3) 9. acceptability/grammaticality judgments, please -Reply (2) 10. Pulitzer Prze 11. tardys vs. tardies 12. Terminology of unexcused absences 13. 'dental dam' (fwd) 14. copy-ed re web usage urrl (fwd) (2) 15. Gordon Bennett and friends 16. cunning ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 22 Sep 1995 00:06:48 -0400 From: ALICE FABER Subject: culinary excesses Tom Clark wrote: | Around here (Las Vegas) we have the most powerful union of all (step back | AFL-CIO, geddawdahere Teamsters!): the CULINARY union. | | Each year the Nevada Language Survey conducts a survey on: | /K[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]l/ (schwa) | /KYUL/ | /KOO/ (/ku/ for those in the know) | | Nearly every year since 1976 the results have changed. I suspect it is | due to the local television news broadcasters or the blue-jowled leaders | of the union who change every few months. But each year it has been | different. Almost each year. Rima McKinzey wrote: | I've heard both variants for culinary often enough, the first sy\llable of | one rhyming with "dull" and the other with "few"- but I've never heard one | rhyming with "too." Is this really common in Nevada? Tom Clark wrote: | /ku/ is rare and seems to me to be a hypercorrection or | hyperurbanization. I've noticed it when someone is trying to be VERY | articulate in an interview or on TV. ****************************************************************************** I can see I'm going to have to pay attention to how the CIA is referred to next time I visit my parents; in the Hudson Valley (which, btw, is a non South Midlands or any other kind of Midlands enclave of postive _anymore_), of course, CIA refers to the _Culinary Institute of America_, training ground for high-priced members of the union about which Tom writes. [[note for tourists: it's in Hyde Park NY, near the FDR Library, and has several restaurants on premises, so the budding chefs can practice...]] Now that I'm thinking about it, I don't know whether I'd say /kyu/-linary or /kull/-inary (as in _cull_ or _pull_, which have the same vowel for me); I can't imagine /ku/-linary. Alice Faber