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Re: more English orthography

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Thursday, May 18, 2000, 9:23
On 18 May, Nik Taylor wrote:

>Steg Belsky wrote: >> How about.....someone took a deep /dr\Ot/ of their drink. > >/dr&ft/ is the usual form. Your pronunciation /drOt/, as far as I can >tell, is an invented pronunciation; certainly my dictionary has /dr&ft/.
My dictionary has /dr&fts/ for "draughts", the British version of what Americans call "checkers"; but never having bothered to look up the word or ever having heard someone from Britain use it, I always thought it was pronounced /drOts/. This is probably an example of "spelling pronounciation". I'm with Steg, though, on the use of /drOt/ for the big swallow, even if it isn't in the dictionary; but I also use only /dr&ft/ for the type of beer. The following seems perfectly normal to me: "I took a big /drOt/ of /dr&ft/ beer." (Of course, nowadays I more tend to sip 'arak! :-) ) Dan Sulani -------------------------------------------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. A word is an awesome thing.