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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 23 Dec 1999 11:17:03 -0800
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Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999 13:48:21 -0800
From: Ryan Johnson <[log in to unmask]>
To: Charles Dickens Forum <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: "Boz" and "Because"

Well, I haven't lived all over the U.S, but in the admittedly limited
sphere of the SF Bay Area, where I've always lived, "because" is pronounced
as a rhyme with "buzz" pretty frequently--hence, it seems to me, the common
(if regrettable) shortening of the former into "'cuz" in colloqiual speech,
in popular music (both rock and rap), and in works of American literature
which seek to reflect usage common in popular patois.  Maybe it's a
California thing, but I suspect not; I suspect, rather, that this
pronunciation is more common in younger crowds than in older and,
especially, more educated ones.  Of course, the only relevance to Dickens
here--and it's pretty oblique--is the analogy of "'cos" as a form that pops
up in his works, usually through the mouths of urchins or other
underschooled urbanites.

Phonologically yours,

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>Date: Tue, 21 Dec 1999 13:46:27 -0600
>From: John Stoler <[log in to unmask]>
>To: 'Charles Dickens Forum' <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: RE: More on Pronouncing "Boz"
>I have never heard anyone pronounce "because" to rhyme with "buzz."
>Everyone I know, and I have lived all over the U.S., pronounces "because" to
>rhyme with "pause."
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>> Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 11:12:10 -0800 (PST)
>> From: Robert Newsom <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: Charles Dickens Forum <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Re: Boz Replies: Pronouncing Boz
>> In the U.S., "because" rhymes with "buzz," but I think what Mr. Dickens
>> means to suggest for his American audience is that Boz has come to rhyme
>> with "Oz" (as in the Wizard of).
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