Date: Mon, 9 Jan 1995 12:11:53 EST From: Vicki Rosenzweig Subject: Re: that military rank Purely speculation, but I see "lieutenant" derived from lieu meaning place (as in, "in lieu of") and tenant meaning holder, so (a) a lieutenant is a placeholder, someone acting for a higher official (with the military rank a derived term) and the pronunciation may have been put together from the pronunciation of the parts. Alternatively, the US pronunciation may come from the spelling. Either way, I wonder what the British "leftenant" pronunciation comes from. Vicki Rosenzweig vr%acmcr.uucp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] New York, NY