Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 11:01:13 PDT From: barbara harris Subject: Re: SCRATCH THAT LAST MESSAGE Presumably the "traditional" pronunciation /baed/ is not all that old; the on the end would indicate a preceding long vowel, something like [a:]. The current /beyd/ pronunciation must be a sort of spelling pronunciation resulting from the school rule that a final "makes a letter say its name." (!)