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Re: French

From:Keith Gaughan <kmgaughan@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 21, 2003, 22:14
John Cowan <jcowan@...> wrote:

> Tristan scripsit: > > > On the subject of French and lieutenant, where'd the /f/ come from in > > the Commonwealth pronunciation of it? > > It's a mystery, though the front rounded vowel may have suggested a > fricative to anglophones.
From what I hear, the development parallels the different names for newts in different parts of the UK. 'Lootenant' died out in the UK.
> I wonder how old this distinction is? "Did lootenants and leftenants > face one another at [the American Revolution battle of] Yorktown?"
Out of interest, is there anybody out there who pronounces it with a /p/, rather than an /f/? Just wondering... K. -- Ceci n'est pas une .sig.