Thursday, December 20, 2007

Words are silly

It has come to my attention that it is very difficult to say the words "toy boat" repeatedly and very fast (in that order, I mean, of course). I know there are lots of word combinations like this, but this particular one cracks me up to no end every time I try.

Oh, simple-minded me.


Blogger The Neoskeptic said...

i ended up saying "toyboyt" by the third one.

21/12/07 11:06 AM  
Blogger The Modesto Kid said...

"boy toy"?

21/12/07 1:41 PM  
Blogger The Neoskeptic said...

if you kept going

21/12/07 2:49 PM  
Blogger LC said...

as a special educator, i can say with authority that you are retarded.

21/12/07 4:43 PM  
Blogger Will said...

You really are just a big kid, arent you?

21/12/07 4:46 PM  
Blogger Stanley said...

Yeah, pretty much.

21/12/07 4:52 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Yea. Me too.

Although I get called "childish" more than "big kid."

21/12/07 5:01 PM  
Anonymous teofilo said...

The reason for this, I think, is that the phrase is stressed on the second syllable, which ordinarily means the unstressed first syllable reduces to schwa or something similar, but the first syllable is a diphthong, which is resistant to reduction.

22/12/07 2:30 AM  
Blogger Stanley said...

Dipthong! That makes sense, teo. I was hoping you'd chime in.

22/12/07 10:20 PM  

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