kyla at sccs.swarthmore.edu
Fri Jun 16 13:54:46 EDT 2000
On Thu, 15 Jun 2000 Tanaquil2 at aol.com wrote:
> > I say or-EGG-an-o instead of or-eg-AHN-o and get funny looks
> > from English Italian cooks
> and 'bayzil' instead of 'bazzil'? How long have you been in England? All
> your life? And if so, did you happen to have an American accent as a
> toddler? My daughter had two accents when she first started to talk -- an
> English one for me and an American one for her dad. Too cute! Now it's
> completely American but she hasn't lost the knack for English accents (all
> kinds too, not just mine)
I've never heard it pronounced "or-eg-AHN-o" (probably since I'm from
Boston), but I've always said it "bazzil," and been laughed at as a
result. So many people tried to tell me that only the name was pronounced
that way that I finally looked it up in the dictionary, and both ways are
correct, neener neener.
I started pronouncing "either" EYE-ther after watching the Megan Follows
"Anne of Green Gables," with the scene where Diana gets drunk and Anne
says that she's "never tasted eye-ther" of currant wine or raspberry
And, on the subject of accents, I'm from Boston but no one thinks I am
from how I sound, and when I was in Wales for three days, I started
*thinking* in a Welsh accent.
--Kyla, re-delurking to babble :^)
"Weariness of the legs after some active deed is better
than apathy and weariness of the spirit; weariness of
spirit lasts forever, weariness of the legs lasts only
for an hour."
--15h-century Scots-Gaelic epigram
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