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  •  Some things my mother cannot say (1+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa

    There is a place in London called Palll Malll. Most of us would pronounce it to rhyme with all and ball .
    My mother rhymes it with pal because that is how it is supposed to be said.  Consequently when she goes shopping she goes to "the mal" .
    My accent is kinda fluid. Sometimes I say mall in North American way and sometimes in the English way but I don't say mal.
    My mother can say ball and Molly but she can't get mall, in the  English  pronunciation out.
    Neither of my parents could say that North American "a" that is in ball and mall. They would get it caught in their throats. Funny thing.

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