27 December 2013

You Barbarians

I don't need any more reasons to appreciate Paul Krugman, but he keeps providing them. I liked the last sentence of the second paragraph below. (This is from Krugman's blog, 27 Dec 2013).

OK, I’m a New Yorker. So says the dialect questionnaire from the Times, which I’ve just gotten around to; try it, it’s fun. Actually, what it said is that I’m from New York, Yonkers, or Newark — but close enough.

I was, however, somewhat disappointed that the most distinctive New Yorkism in my speech was the one I already knew about — the Mary, marry, merry test. Civilized people give these words distinctly different pronunciations; the rest of you barbarians don’t.


Update: Mairy, maary, mehry.

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