Date: Fri, 6 Jan 1995 15:33:02 -0800
From: Dan Alford dalford[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S1.CSUHAYWARD.EDU
Subject: that military rank
Just a stray thought from nowhere. Did I miss something in my linguistics
education? How did [lEftEn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nt] in Brit become [lutEnant] in American, or
vice versa (probably not, but allowing for unexpected possibilities)???
I don't remember off the top of my head any other /Ef/~/u/ alternatives
between the two dialects, and I don't ever remember hearing any explanation.
PS -- congrats to the list. The results of the Word of the Year contest were
announced in the San Francisco area on ABC-TV local news within a day or two
-- Moonhawk (%- )
"The fool on the hill sees the sun going down and
the eyes in his head see the world spinning round"