Issue 144, page 4
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From Dean Jens:
Heehee! It sounds as if she should have let you continue!
From Sue Duffy:
"Traditionally"? Well, it all depends on what you mean by "traditional". The jig is not an indigenous Irish dance and was imported from England where jigs (single and double) are still a mainstay of Morris and Country dancing. Now we come to think of it, aren't all the "traditional" Irish dances from somewhere else? The jig is from England, the reel from Scotland, the polka from Czechoslovakia, the mazurka from Poland, and the waltz is from Austria.
We must also take issue with you in the matter of meter. Yes, Kerry slides are usually written in 12/8 but there are plenty of Irish single jigs written in a 6/8 time signature... as a cursory glance at "O'Neill's" will reveal.
From Ethan D. Frolich:
Hmmm! While that letter does, superficially, resemble the letter yogh we suspect that, in this case, it is the letter G as written in uncial script. (Hence also the funny n.)
The uncial alphabet is appropriate (and preferred) when writing in the Irish (a.k.a. Gaelic) language but we feel it out of place here.
For those who hadn't caught the allusion, Fiddler's Green was a legendary paradise - the sailors' equivalent of "the Big Rock-Candy Mountain".
From Andrew Charles:
Church must be the single most difficult word in English etymology. Debate has raged for centuries and we suspect that little more is to be said.
From a Reader:
Why of COURSE that's funny! Why is he the boss? (We know, don't ask questions about inexplicable yet seemingly universal enigmas.)
Unfortunately, that one is painfully common!
From Jeff Lee:
Delightful! Thanks, Jeff!
From a Concerned
No, it's not ok to use a as an article for apple. Nor do we like hearing "an historical account". While the "n" in an originated in the same manner that the British "intrusive r" did, for ease and speed in pronunciation*, that "n" has been standardized.
* It's easier to say "an apple" than "a <glottal stop> apple", just as it is easier to say "America<r> is large" than it is to say "America <glottal stop> is large".
What's a glottal stop? Say "uh-oh", and the closing of the vocal cords between the uh and the oh, blocking off the flow of air, and then releasing the vocal cords suddenly, is a glottal stop. Another example is that of a Cockney speaker saying butter as "bu?er" (? is the universal symbol for a glottal stop). That substitution of a t sound with a glottal stop is know as t-glottaling.
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