Now then, youse saft bunch...
iain_benson, SEE, and later lunarul:
Hurrah! ... it only took 'til* halfway down the second page this time before someone (...two people) bothered to actually check the facts rather than just relying on conjecture, anecdotes and flaming all over the place. Didn't want to be the nerd having to do it this time... Besides, it's an informal construct of a cussword** and pronoun, the spelling's open to interpretation if you're not going to dictionary it. You may as well try to argue that "gonna" (or the strange modern form that loses the g and any leading spaces) should instead be go'n'o or something. (GO
... and I have heard people pronounce it "gonno" in some dialects). Hell it was probably made up by some movie scriptwriter anyway, hence the traceback to perhaps 1905.
BTW, "win" for actress & bishop suffixes
6453893: haha yeah i'm quite the fan of changing
for suggestive purposes
, if you know what I mean... Or in other words, pinkgothic - would you like me to internalise your
attitudes? I find them quite appealing.
doctorb, red hal et al: stop it before I invite Tim Vine and his pun-cannon to the thread and leave your ability to breathe in jeopardy
on that front, via Fry & Laurie - zomgmouse's excellent and sort of related sig
not to mention alias.exe's avatar...
BTW the a/an thing wasn't phonetically based I was taught. It was because all words that now start with a vowel, or a droppable consonant then a vowel, were originally spelled with an N... Norange, Nhistoric, etc. Can you get me a norange and a basket to put it in, mother? Certainly, any particular type of basket?
A nhistoric one if possible, please. Alright I'll see what I can find
Mind you that was my grandad telling me it, so it could all me nonsense. It gets better when you hear someone with a dropped-aitch accent pronouncing things with a prefixed "a" rather than "an". A 'igh ledge atop a 'istoric building. My local area is rife with it. Personally - though I haven't checked - my own usage probably varies depending on situation and who I'm talking to... I'll happily flit between all four modes. Does it really make any serious difference? No, unless you're trying to make an impression on some important/classy people (or people who think they are and wield enough influence to affect your life).
Justaman: so we can have "dam-nify" (not dammify), "dam-ning" (not damming), etc, presumably still pronounced the same***, but not dam-nit to go with dammit? English is a funny old language.
Finally: radtea ... I think I love you... pfffft
(Marks & Spencers Cola all over the keyboard, this day 27/3/09 ... good thing I'd already finished my really-quite-rare shop-bought egg & cress sarnie ... sorry, I mean, "sammich"****)WOO FOOTNOTES
* however I must insist on spelling this word like this. Regardless of the etymological background, I've never come across it in a context other than interchangable with / a contraction of until, and regardless even of that - if you're going to use a shortform, apostrophe and all (or not), why stick a needless extra letter on the end, 'til the whole thing is just as long as the putative parent word anyway?
** or curse-word, if you prefer.
*** am I weird for sometimes slipping into a mode where the "n" starts to become vaguely audible on the end of a spoken damn? (Or sometimes even french or colloquial japanese words... petit, de-su, etc). Kinda like the opposite of tsu-na-mi...
**** this is a really weird one, as it's someone's name being butchered.