Date: Fri, 6 Jan 1995 15:33:02 -0800 From: Dan Alford 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. Anyone? 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 of posting. -- Moonhawk (%->) <"The fool on the hill sees the sun going down and> <-- McCartney/Lennon>