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Heh, with this piece of slang, [A], [a], and even [@] are correct enough.
For those that do make use of it.  And I don't think I've ever heard
/bi:atS/ or varieties used to describe female dogs...

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 5:26 PM, Roger Mills <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Mark Reed wrote:
> I've only ever heard the two-syllable version.  I wouldn't understand
> [bjatS] as the same word.
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> Sorry, I wouldn't understand (and haven't heard)  either one as referring
> to a female dog, or other figurative uses..........Is it a Suthrunism??
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> Is that [A] or [a] really correct? I could imagine a drawn out ['bi:::j@tS],
> like ['Si:::@t], which last, I think, is the authorized US Army
> pronunciation :-))))
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