So I was discussing heroin with a co-worker (remember I am a social worker) and she said that one of her clients was discussing a relative using " hairon" and she was light weight joking about how funny she sounded saying it and how she had never heard it pronounced that way before. I tried to explain that many African Americans and Hispanics pronounce it this way and she looked at me like I was crazy and thought I was trying to be funny. This turned into a conversation about other words that African Americans know how to say "correctly" but say it in ebonics anyway.
Other words we discussed were Rottweiler and Walmart. I wonder if there is some kind of link or if I am thinking too hard about it. Is it the r and t that throw some people off like screet and scraight? (okay that would not work for heroin though....)
Does anyone have any other examples?
Maybe someone with a linguistic background here can provide some insight???
So if this turns into a free post because what I said is confusing let me make a sub topic: Heroin use is on the rise. Does anyone use crack anymore?