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shilly-shally

verb; derivation
To procrastinate Intended Meaning: to procrastinate Analysis: alternate form of dilly-dally where the voiced alveolar stop ‘d’ is replaced by the voiceless alveopalatal fricative ‘sh’ Possible Reason Used: Director likes to break convention. The choice of the sound ‘sh’ could be due to the similar place of articulation to ‘d’. Also, ‘d’ is similar in height to the following vowel of the first phrase, i.e. ‘d’ and ‘i’ are both pronounced relatively high in the mouth. In comparison, ‘sh’ is similar in height to the following vowel of the second phrase, i.e. ‘sh’ and ‘a’ are both pronounced in the middle to low part of the mouth. Thus, the user could just be assimilating the initial consonant to the second phrase rather than the first phrase.
 
We are pressed for time, so don’t shilly-shally
Etymology : Derivation from DILLY-DALLY
Source : band director about halftime show
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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