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

Rebecca Price becca7108 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 25 17:01:00 BST 2020


Better than the other way around..."I altared my cat"  may have people
looking at you askance.

On Friday, September 25, 2020, Kevin Kennedy <kevink45 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> I just encountered alter for altar.
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> Replying to Eric: that V for W was IIRC a Cockney mannerism in the early
> C19 - Marryat (Peter Simple) also refers to it. It has lapsed since, but I
> cannot remember why or exactly when. In other parts of the country
> "waistcoat" might be "weskit", as Tolkien puts it into the mouth of Ham
> Gamgee.
>
> I believe also that (pace my countryman Mr Wilson) Johnson, on our side of
> the pond, had at least as much to do with the divergence of spelling as
> Webster on the other side. But I am very open to correction on this point.
>
> Martin
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> 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:
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> > On Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:35:15 -0400, Matthew George
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> > 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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