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    I would rather like to see Eubonics go into the dust bin of unused languages..... but that's just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Samurai View Post
    I would rather like to see Eubonics go into the dust bin of unused languages..... but that's just me.

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    yea - trouble is - most of it's been around for ages. Take the use of AX for ask - that little pearl of language can be traced back to medieval England.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    yea - trouble is - most of it's been around for ages. Take the use of AX for ask - that little pearl of language can be traced back to medieval England.
    I didn't know that. Interesting.

    I'm arksin if you have any references for that, innit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hampshirebrit View Post
    I didn't know that. Interesting.

    I'm arksin if you have any references for that, innit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    WHITE REDNECKS & BLACK LIBERALS by Thomas Sowell.
    Thanks, Poli. That looks like an interesting read. Would you mind quoting the relevant section, if you have the book to hand. I have often wondered about the etymology of aks v ask. I have quite a few black friends who routinely use this variant in spoken form, and none of them has been able to tell me what the origin of the variant is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hampshirebrit View Post
    Thanks, Poli. That looks like an interesting read. Would you mind quoting the relevant section, if you have the book to hand. I have often wondered about the etymology of aks v ask. I have quite a few black friends who routinely use this variant in spoken form, and none of them has been able to tell me what the origin of the variant is.
    Sorry - I lent my copy out. :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    Sorry - I lent my copy out. :(
    No worries. This sort of thing is exactly what Jesus invented the internet for:

    http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/inde...?date=19991216

    Sam Sherwood wrote:
    There is a guy in my office who has a heavy southern accent and he says "ax" instead of "ask". When questioned he claims it's a regional pronunciation (Mississippi area), but I don't understand this since it sounds to me more like a regional mispronunciation. There is also a man in my office from the Bahamas and he too says "ax." Can you explain?
    Thank you for asking (aksing) this question.

    While the pronunciation /aks/ for ask is not considered standard, it is a very common regional pronunciation with a long history. The Old English verb áscian underwent a normal linguistic process called metathesis sometime in the 14th century. Metathesis is what occurs when two sounds or syllables switch places in a word. This happens all the time in spoken language (think nuclear pronounced as /nukular/ and asterisk pronounced as /asteriks/).
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