Date: Fri, 26 Apr 1996 13:16:38 -0600 From: Bruce Gelder Subject: Re: Epenthetic [l] in _home_ > Maybe the as plural of was subliminal interference >from - , since calves (for which the is "silent") have >hooves. Maybe sort of like the in . Analogy produces interesting >results sometimes. And let's not forget that there's another legitimate English word that might be providing the interference as well, one in which the /l/ IS pronounced: the surname Holmes (as in Sherlock). Bruce