I had to chuckle at Bryan A. Garner’s column “Stop Those Glottals!” (September 1). A couple of family members and I find this development a bit humorous, although disappointing. Suddenly it’s being heard all over the place.
What I find, however, is not that certain /t/s have become silent but that they have ceased to link two syllables as previously. For instance, when I say that I live in the mountains of southern California, my pronunciation of my environment is “MOUNT-tins.” I use the double /t/ here to emphasize that it connects the two syllables. What I’m hearing from the Millennials …
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