Monday, November 25, 2013

The Ramones Peform "Surfin' Bird"


"Everybody's heard that the bird is the word" came to mind as a good exemplar to help my eight-year-old improve his rhoticity, i.e. proper pronunciation of our "dialect or variety of English, e.g., Midwestern American English, in which r is pronounced before a consonant (as in hard) and at the ends of words (as in far)." I also had him correct my faux Bostonian rendering of the notorious "park the car in Harvard Yard" shibboleth.

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