Somewhere you’ve probably read or heard the colloquial version of expect, as when cowpokes say ‘I ‘spect it’s goin’ to rain’. I’ve been hearing and reading (tweets on Twitter) other examples of this phonological reduction:
- I ate so much chocolate I was about to ‘splode (explode)
- I like car crashes and ‘splosions in action films. (explosions)
- He ‘spresses himself pretty bluntly. (expresses)
- Can you ‘splain it to me in simple English? (explain)
But what about these?
- I’ve lowered my ‘spectations. (expectations)
- We ‘splored the shops downtown. (explored)
- The rules aren’t ‘splicit about it. (explicit)
- The coupon already ‘spired. (expired)
Does the reduction work for the other voiceless stops, t, k, in the environment of ex-?
- We had termites and had to ‘sterminate them. (exterminate)
- “What a cute puppy!” she ‘sclaimed. (exclaimed)
- They have ‘stended the deadline another week. (extended)
- No more ‘scuses. (excuses)
The generalization to t and k doesn’t work too well for my intuitions, but maybe it’s just from a lack of ‘sposure to such examples? 🙂