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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
"Jeopardy," you disappoint me again!
"Jeopardy" is on a role tonight, with a category of "homophones" that contained two answers that do not work for some English speakers. The alleged homophones:
don (as in Mafia leader) and dawn (as in sunrise)
weather and whether
Of course these are homophones for many American English speakers, with pronunciations of [dɑn] and [wɛðər]. But for some, they are not; for some, there are two minimal pairs involved. For these latter folks, the pronunciations are:
don [dɑn] - dawn [dɔn]
weather [wɛðər] - whether [ʰwɛðər].
I really wish the Jeopardy people would stop taking one regional variant as the only legitimate one.