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B. Garcia wrote:

>On Mon, 8 Nov 2004 08:54:15 -0500, John Cowan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>>/@gejn(st)/ seems British to me, and
>>/Et/ comes across as an archaic vulgarism, the sort of thing my father
>>(1904-1993) said when he was being funny.
>>
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>My grandmother (born 1920) was raised on a farm in the north eastern
>corner of Kansas, and she often says /Et/ where I say /ejt/. To me the
>use of /Et/ has a Kansan quality to it, much like using /wArS/ for
>/wAS/
>
>

My grandmother (born 1914) was raised somewhere in country Victoria and
she generally uses a short e in ate. She also surprisingly often (i.e.
at all) says 'his' for 'its', though I'm not sure if this is an archaic
use or just a frequent personification. A number of features of her
speech seem surprisingly conservative, and a number of features of her
speech seem surprisingly Broad; I suppose she's just speaking the Broad
Australian of two generations ago...

(I'll never believe anyone puts an /r/ in 'wash' until I've heard it
with my own ears and I'm satisfied they're not faking it :)

--
Tristan.