You're not the only one!
I'm having an awful time distinguishing Tracy Morgan from Tracy Jordan.
Edited by ikar, Apr 25, 2009 @ 1:35 PM.
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Wow, he misspelled Lorne Michaels's name as Lauren.
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Posted Dec 7, 2009 @ 3:51 PM
Every time he uses "aks" instead of "ask" or "excape" instead of "escape" or precedes a vowel-started word with "thuh" or "uh" -- like "uh Oscar" or "thuh Oscars" instead of "an Oscar" or "thee Oscars" -- I cringe and it takes me out of enjoying the moment.
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Posted Dec 7, 2009 @ 11:41 PM
To bring this back to the actor, every time he uses the language incorrectly, it gets a reaction out of me.
Posted Dec 8, 2009 @ 12:10 AM
Posted Dec 8, 2009 @ 4:48 AM
The contemporary African American Vernacular English pronunciation of "ask" as "aks" or "ax" is often used as an example of bad pronunciation by prescriptive language critics. However, the "aks/ax" form of "ask" is just as old -- if not older, than the "ask" form -- and dates back to Old English.
We can see that 'aks/ax' was a valid pronunciation from 1000 CE ("acsian") through at least 1549 CE ("He axeth"). If anyone axe, just say that no one lesser than Chaucer spelt it that way.
Plus, as a fellow Futurama fan, I would have thought you would have enjoyed Tracy using the accepted 3000-AD era pronunciation...
"technically correct" (the best kind of correct)
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Posted Dec 8, 2009 @ 12:09 PM
To bring this back to the actor, every time he uses the language incorrectly, it gets a reaction out of me. I understand that not everyone has the same outlook (truly YMMV), it's just something that sticks with me (especially since I just finished re-watching the first 3 seasons on Netflix). Morgan may be a fine comedian, and Fey chose him for a reason, but this one thing just really bugs me, for better or for worse
Posted Dec 9, 2009 @ 5:06 PM
Amen! I think he's taking deadpan to a new level.
I do not find Morgan to be that great an actor, but he does make me laugh with his ability to deliver utterly ridiculous things convincingly.
Posted Dec 10, 2009 @ 8:27 AM
As I stated in the episode thread (should've been here, along with my comment on Morgan's acting that Inquisitionist quotes above -- oops!), the phonetic aspects of Morgan's accent that the poster did not like are found in various American English dialects, including those in the NYC area and throughout the South (as well as AAVE, which shares many phonetic, semantic, and syntactic similarities with American Southern dialects). The English dialects to which I was exposed as a child (Louisiana varieties of American Southern English and AAVE) all shared these phonetic features, and certain dialects from the greater NYC area (specifically Brooklyn and areas of New Jersey, I'm told) are quite similar to that of the Yats, so I've no doubt that you also share these phonetic features. :) (Not having spent much time in the NYC area whilst speaking English [I tend to be in Mandarin-majority environments when there, due to work], I don't have much exposure to NYC dialects outside of what I heard on tape as a student of linguistics.)
I've never thought of saying "thuh" as limited to ebonics. I'm white and pronounce it that way, and so do most of the people I know. Is it a regional thing, perhaps? My family is from the NYC area, like Tracy.
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