Jorah Lavin wrote: > So... now I'm wondering if he just made that up, or if there is regional > or sub-cultural variations in the way the term is spoken. > > What have you folks heard? I've heard maybe 2 or 3 people use that pronunciation down this way (Melbourne, Australia), and it drives me bonkers, but not nearly as bonkers as people who pronounce the "www" *in* the URL as 'dub dub dub'. THAT shits me to tears. Once 2 people who used these idioms were working together, and I swear I heard the following exchange from 2 nearby desks: "What's the 'earl'?" "Dub-dub-dub dot (whatever) dot com." It was all I could do not to leap across the desk and throttle them with their own telephone cords. Glad to get that off my chest, Paul.