It really delights me when some asks the Ask Carlisle Cullen blog about something for which I have a strong, ongoing headcanon. In my mind, at the depths of his despair and loneliness in the early 1900s, Carlisle would’ve found ragtime fascinating and uplifting. Even though he basically never plays the piano with Edward around who is so much better, if he does play, you’re pretty likely to hear some Joplin.
The phrase: up in arms Meaning: a person has taken up arms (weapons), i.e. they’re spoiling for a fight.
How it happens: Coronal stops [t,d] are often deleted after nasals [m,n] in rapid speech. Words like end, went, wind, and of course, and might come out as en, wen, win, and an. In an unstressed syllable like the one that occurs in the middle of this phrase, the vowel is reduced, making the [n] syllabic. So were the phrase up and arms, the realization would be: up [n] arms…which is exactly the fast pronunciation of up in arms as well.