Re: [Czechlist] CHAT Welcome to the Third Millennium
- In a message dated 1/1/01 4:31:11 PM, barendregt@... writes:
>I don't think so - it is the way he calls himself: George Dubya Bush.And I'll bet almost all of those people themselves say "dubya dubya dubya"
>People who do not really like him so much (and yes, I am talking mostly
>about the leftist liberal independent-paper-writing lot) often refer to
>him simply as 'George Dubya'.
when reciting the URL of some website. One of the funniest things about
language is how people stigmatize things they do themselves. Middle-class
white Americans have fits if you point out to them that they are pronouncing
"picture" as "pitcher". They will angrily tell you, "I did NOT say
'pitcher', I said 'pitcher'!" In West Bohemia my ears and mouth picked up
the West Bohemian habit of using "mi" for both the dative and accusative
cases. I had more than one person tell me that "everybody" is starting to do
that, but that it is terribly improper and that no one should never speak
that way. Seconds later, the same person would turn right around and say
something like, "Takze, on mi videl a ..."