Date: Wed, 25 Jan 1995 19:25:49 -0800 From: Anton Sherwood Subject: poor and pour Eric Idle (of Monty Python's Flying Circus) pronounces "year" more or less as /y[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]r/. This might be an example of loss of pre-r vowel distinctions, but I prefer to take it as dissimilation of /i/ from /y/, since I haven't caught him doing it in other /ir/ words.