[LMB] OT: More words that I HATE!!

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Thu Sep 24 23:43:39 BST 2020


I've noticed that in Dickens' attempts at proletarian speech, "W" is
usually pronounced "V,"  At least in the early stuff---Sam Weller in The
Pickwick Papers talks that way, forex.

When did that come in and from where, and when did it drop out?

On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 3:00 PM Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:

> On Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:35:15 -0400, Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> >Americans also consciously attempted to reform spelling and pronunciation
> >to distinguish themselves from the British post-Revolution.  It's why
> >'waistcoat' isn't pronounced 'veskit' on this side of the pond.
>
> Or this, since Victorian times. :)
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