Date: Mon, 7 Jul 1997 13:01:39 -0400 From: "(Dale F. Coye)" Subject: Boyer or BOOyer Just met a guy from the Ozarks (S. Mo.) and we were talking about some folks named Boyer. He told me that in his neck of the woods there were lots of Boyers, but they (and he) pronounced it BOOyer, with the vowel of BOOK. 1) is this a widespread feature for this word, or limited to the Ozarks? 2) Does it extend to other OY words? (Toy, oil, Moyers, point) 3) Any theories on why it was raised? Dale Coye Princeton, NJ