… in the meantime, I often find myself having to find ways to amuse myself.
A silent “t” added to every “but” I say aloud!
It is great fun and economical to boot (“But, he’s getting it done” v. “Butt, he’s getting it done!”), although of course saying that it is cost-free is another thing almost entirely.
There are hazards to a-skew-ing the language. Meaning and definition conflating, oral and auditory flung into wicked identity crisis. Brain farts. Diarrhea of the mouth. Tongues tied, hands wrung, etc.
“But” –> Butt
It falls apart at Butte, Montana.
That e doesn’t not make “but” butt but “Butte”.
So that when I say “Butte” I’ve got to know what I’m saying.