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Onct, Twict

Postby scw1217 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:05 pm

Certain relatives of mine are fond of doing things "onct" or "twict". And that's pronounced just like the actual word only you add a "t".

These are the same ones who pluralize anything ending with the letter "t" by adding "es", pronounced like "ez". Honestly, I haven't any idea where all the "t" confusion comes from in their daily language!
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Onct & twict

Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Mar 11, 2007 11:01 pm

My guess would be that these same speakers pronounce "th" [t], i.e. say duh for "the" and dat for "that".

If this is true, then they are regularizing these words by adding the suffix for original numbers to these two: onceth, twiceth.

You hear it all the time in rural NC, too.
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Re: Onct & twict

Postby scw1217 » Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:36 am

Dr. Goodword wrote:My guess would be that these same speakers pronounce "th" [t], i.e. say duh for "the" and dat for "that".

If this is true, then they are regularizing these words by adding the suffix for original numbers to these two: onceth, twiceth.

You hear it all the time in rural NC, too.


I like that term, "regularizing". I'll have to remind myself of that!
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Postby Perry » Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:03 am

Should I use Ex-Lax or Philip's Milk of Magnesia to regularize my speech? :roll:
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Postby sluggo » Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:18 pm

I used to see the former rendered in print as oncet, a strange assemblage. Reading this as a kid and not knowing the word I assumed it was pronounced "wun-cet", which made no sense either but that was the spelling. Never heard twice beteed though.
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Postby scw1217 » Mon Mar 12, 2007 4:55 pm

Perry wrote:Should I use Ex-Lax or Philip's Milk of Magnesia to regularize my speech? :roll:


LOL! :lol:

sluggo wrote:Never heard twice beteed though.


I assumed they invented both. So it's news to me that they did not. :roll:
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Postby Bailey » Mon Mar 12, 2007 6:34 pm

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