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Gina:

Da problem wit "won't" is dat us Noo Yawkas are de oney ones who pronounce dat woid like "wooooon't,' so a cawss it don't reckanize it. Out of town dey pronounce "won't" like "woe" wit "nt" on de end of it.

Incidentally, I always pronounce "weren't" to rhyme with "current," but people around here often laugh at that. They tell me that it should have one syllable, and that it should rhyme with "burnt." How do they get such weird ideas, anyway?

Jim Donnelly
Hyattsville, Maryland



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