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Re: MG/Grammar

To: Kai Radicke <>
Subject: Re: MG/Grammar
From: "John J. Peloquin" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 13:59:02 -0800 (PST)
Dear Kai,
Not being an English scholar I, but always being free with my opinion, I
posit that the reasons we say an MG versus a Morris is that the first
syllable following the article "an" of MG sounds like "em" and begins with
a vowel sound whereas the first syllable of MOrris begins with a
On Wed, 10 Dec 1997, Kai Radicke wrote:

=%OOK, I have a really stupid question...
=%Omy English teacher was having a cow (or a Triumph) about me using "an MG"
=%Oin a sentence I wrote.  I don't think I have ever seen "a MG" in my life,
=%Oit just sounds dumb.  My teacher does have a point, but anyone know why we
=%Odo this?
=%Oa Morris Minor
=%Oan MGB
=%Onow say it in a sentence:
=%OI have a Morris Minor.
=%OI have an Morris Minor.
=%OI have an MGB.
=%OI have a MGB.
=%OAm I going insane?  Or do I just need a life ;-)
=%OKai Radicke --, 1966 MGB @
=%ODialogue Internet - Intelligent Internet Solutions (Net Khan)
=%OIRC:, #inet-access (my nick: ActiveX or KMR)

"Never ascribe to Malice that which can be explained by Ignorance"

John J. Peloquin
Molecular Biology &
3205 BioSciences II
Irvine, CA 92697-3900

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