17 February 2006

R!:My rabbit aches!!**

The following pair is tricky only for myself:

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What's the big issue about this pair, then?

In Chinese, the difference would not be so much that of /t/ vs /d/, but of /th/ vs /t/.

This is, both are voiceless stops, but the first one (th) is aspirated.

And yes, I admit it:

  • Sometimes I forget the aspiration.

  • If it wasn't enough, I live with 2 rabbits.

  • In my mother tongue, conejo (rabbit) also refers to the **female reproductive organ**, so uttering "my rabbit aches" is embarrasingly ambiguous.

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