Re: think ..uh... thing coming (Regional)

Subject: Re: think ..uh... thing coming (Regional)
From: Vicki Rosenzweig <murphy!acmcr!vr -at- UUNET -dot- UU -dot- NET>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 1994 11:09:26 EST

Not a regionalism so much as a note on phonetics:
aside from any other factors (such as the dubious grammar
of "another think"), it is difficult to distinguish
"thing coming" from "think coming" in casual speech, because
they'll both come out with an "ing" sound (think is pronounced
as if it were thing+k, not like "thin"+k) followed by a "k"
sound (from "coming"). And it's a phrase used mostly in speech,
not in books (and when in books, it's likely to be dialogue,
so transcribed however the author has heard it). Which means
that this question may have to remain open, with some of us
saying "think" and others "thing."

Vicki Rosenzweig
vr%acmcr -dot- uucp -at- murphy -dot- com
New York, NY

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