Jan Freeman's The Word blog has moved to a new perch. Gotta say, I like the name: Throw Grammar from the Train. Especially if said with a non-rhotic accent. But wait! Considering the addition of coda [ɹ] to word final [ə]—which addition is characteristic of some New England dialects—it can work either way.
Many years ago, when… say… John Kerry's accent was full of more regional markers, he might have pronounced grammar without the final [ɹ], and he might have pronounced grandma with the final [ɹ].
So— my pronunciation of the blog title sounds a lot like our young John Kerry saying "Throw Grandma from the train."
And— young John Kerry's pronunciation of the blog title sounds a lot like me saying "Throw Grandma from the train."
(This is of course supposing a quick pronunciation of grandma not as Grand -Ma but as gramma.)
* Not a meaningful post title. Just a quote from the movie, Throw Momma from the Train.
** The young Kerry I've created for this post, does indeed speak as I'm suggesting. That's the nice thing about historical fiction. The facts fit my needs.