Final syllable lateral carousal

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Jason Eisner writes:

Language Log readers might enjoy the syllabic /l/ extravaganza from the most recent Prairie Home Companion.

He's referring to the Guy Noir episode, for which the script is here, and the audio is here.


  1. GeorgeW said,

    June 13, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    Hells bells, so many l's!

  2. Amy Stoller said,

    June 13, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    What fresh L is this?

  3. Axl said,

    June 13, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    also in this episode, a play on -ery/-ary postfixing:

    Everything is retro and old-timey
    And shop is spelled with an extra p and e.

    The hair salon is called The Barbary
    And a stationery store called The Papery
    The butcher shop is called The Carvery

  4. Axl said,

    June 13, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    … and later

    At the Icery you can buy gelato
    At the Spicery you can buy spices
    And at the Shrinkery there's a psychologist
    Who can talk you through a personal crisis.

  5. Bob C said,

    June 13, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    Reminds me of the "copper clappers caper" bit with Jack Webb and Johnny Carson on the old Tonight Show. (On Youtube).

  6. Eeden said,

    June 13, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    Reminds me of Fox in Socks by Dr Seuss, specifically the Tweedle Beetle Bottle Puddle Paddle Battle, I think it was (a book which I had to read over and over and over again to my kids; I thought it was burned on my brain!). The finale of the book contains this:

    When a fox is in the bottle where the tweetle beetles battle with their paddles in a puddle on a noodle-eating poodle, this is what they call a tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottled paddled muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in socks, sir!

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