Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1993 19:29:50 EST From: Robert Kelly Subject: Re: Ages and Centuries I assume modren is a hypercorrection, based on the (in the old days) much- to-be-avoided pronunciation childern. Especially since your remembered informant was a hypercorrecter. (I throw out my first guess, that she was hearing French moderne ---once a common label and title--- as an iamb, and giving it the salon/saloon treatment, with smoothing.) rk