Date: Tue, 23 Jul 1996 05:38:42 -0500
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: waft
several literary words, and am finding that waft is overwhelmingly pronounced
WAHFT, but in the South (speakers raised and still living there) it seems to
be the vowel of RAFT. Can anyone from the South speak to this?
I'm way behind in mail and probably sound like a distant echo of old
topics. But in answer to your question, yes -- "waft" and "raft" rhyme.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)
back in the land of grits, interstates without toll booths, and
normal-sounding speech, after several weeks of wandering among
strange accents, where "waft" would probably have been unrecognizable
to these Southern ears if it didn't rhyme with "raft"...
PS: The list archives are up to date now and back on their regular