Originally posted by Suzianne
The long O sound and the short O sound are not similar at all.
Do you think the words 'coma' and 'comma' sound the same?
You're so eager to prove I am wrong in something that you sound as a bad teacher in some B-horror movie (*she usually gets axe in the head).
You are barking at the wrong tree with this.
If there is anyone who knows the difference between short and long consonant
, it's me. I studied it. "After a short vowel...etc" And there are such pairs of words in Norwegian and Swedish that have different meaning depending on this.
Do you know if there is a long consonant in Danish? Without googling, that is?
I know if there is or not.
(*And of course it is known to all RHP members of Scandinavian origin who still remember their predecessors' languages,)
But this difference is no big deal in English, so it is fairly correct to say that Comey as last name and commie as a Mccarthian term sound same.
You simply don't have an issue here to build something upon.