Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 17:34:50 EST From: Terry Lynn Irons Subject: Gutters "Gutters" is one of the regional words discussed by Kurath in Chapter III of his Word Geography. In looking at this item in LANCS records, I keep coming across a variant with a transcription something like the following (No detail on vowel in second word): [ li^id, traft] Even though the most common response is gutters, this variant shows up often. My question is, is this a variation on the pronunciation of "eave trough" or is it some lexical variant? (Clear instances of eaves trough do occur.) The closest lexical item I can think of is "leave." Yuh hep 'preciated. Terry Irons -- (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)