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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 02:01 PM
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47. First, let's understand its proper pronunciation
Edited on Fri Apr-27-07 02:13 PM by Oeditpus Rex
When spoken by a true Suthuhner, the word is hoart said with a rather soft, rolling 'o,' not as apparent as in "court" or "short," but not unlike as in "tourist;" and, depending on the depth of the Suthuhnness, sounding almost bi-syllabic.

Now, then (to employ another Suthuhn colloquialism) again, when spoken by a true Suthuhner, the term is used to convey sympathy or empathy, as in "That's so sad." Its use by such skilled phrase-turners as Molly Ivins, however, when speaking of George W. Bush et al has given it at least the appearance of veiled snark. The sentiment is quite the same, but the twinkle in Ms. Ivins' literary eye revealed an apparently underlying sense of "The poor li'l ol' thang cain't hep it; he just warn't born raht."

When used with modifiers for "heart" such as "li'l" or, particularly, "li'l ol'," some of the term's faithfulness may be lost; e.g. Bless his li'l ol' heart can mean "He needs to get over it."

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