> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of R A Brown > James W. wrote: > > FWIW, 'aks' is a pretty common pronunciation of 'ask' > > in Belizean english (at least is was 15-16 years ago > > when I was there...) Probably in Caribbean English in > > general. > > It was also a common pronunciation of 'ask' in some Brit English > dialects, at least until the early part of the 20th century - > not sure > if it still survives. In older dialect texts it is usually > spelled 'ax'. > Dutton adopted this form in his Speedwords. > > Such metathesis has a long history in English. Both _acsian_ and > _ascian_ occurred in Old English. > > Such metathesis was not uncommon in former times. When I was boy in > Sussex I still people calling the _Vespa vulgaris_ a 'wops'. If you > consult an Old English dictionary you'll find the insect was called a > _węsp_ by some and a _węps_ by others. > > It seems old habits die hard :) It's heard a lot in the U.S., but mainly in the black populations.