Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 13:15:54 -0500 From: "Dale F.Coye" Subject: Re: I don't think of this often Heather wrote: -- I read this the other day and found the part about the 't' in "often" most disturbing (I never pronounce it, what's more, I always thought it was some form of hypercorrection).-- Often with t pronounced is probably right up there in the top ten pronunciations that get under people's skin. And vice-versa, as noted by the guy you quote who was ticked off at the t-less pronunciation. I'll bet a poll of the literati would not approve it as standard, but the t-pronouncers seem to be taking over the world anyway. If I were a school teacher, I'd point out soften, whistle, listen for starters, explain what a spelling pronunciation is, and then admit the power of the masses (witness the amazing success of calm, palm, etc. pronounced with /l/). Dale Coye The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Princeton, NJ