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Thread #67852   Message #1136406
Posted By: Jeri
14-Mar-04 - 06:19 PM
Thread Name: Any glottal stops down your way?
Subject: RE: Any glottal stops down your way?
I sang "Pat Murphy of Meagher's Brigade"/"Song of the Splintered Shilellagh" earlier today (thanks to Jed Marum and Dan Milner), and it seems the correct pronunciation of "Meagher" has a glo'al stop in it. 'Mah - er'. If I'm wrong, somebo'y please tell me!

It's qui'e common in places I've been in the US, and usually considered to be a bad habi'. It happens with 't' a lot: as I mentioned, 'glo'al', li'le, entertainmen', ballo'. When i' happens at the end of words (as in the last two), I hardly notice i' - probably because I'm guilty. I think perhaps when I was younger, I made an unconscious judgement that actually pronouncing 't's was too much work and sounded twinky. Now, I have grea' respect for those who do.