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I think you may be imagining differences that don't exist in the minds of native speakers. The actual amount of air released there will vary with every utterance and occasion. No one hears these as one bit different from one another. Or perhaps you have not heard enough examples. If your first language considers the two sounds to be completely different ...


Peppermint tea is not autological because it is pepperminty, any more than Witt tea is autological because it is funny. An autological term is a term that describes itself. A similar or identical sounding term is not the term itself. If it happens to describe the original term, you have a sort of pun, but not an autology.

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