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June 03, 2006

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Jim

It's easy to say which is going to mak more mischief, since 'cin cin' and 'chin chin' probably sound pretty similar, whereas 'slut' and 'slut' sound very dissimilar - entirely different vowels, both of which don't occur in the other language.

Whatever - these are still good examples of how contingent words are, rather than having some essential reality of their own.

Michael Stastny

You may find this url interesting:
http://www.languagehat.com/archives/002352.php

(see also comments section)

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