Date: Tue, 25 Jul 1995 09:52:04 GMT+1200 From: Tim Behrend Subject: Re: idear "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." explained the difference between the "linking r" and "excrescent r" in various dialects in a post earlier today. It made me wonder if the common pronunciation of "sherbet" as "sherbert" could also be counted as another example of this excrescence? If so, why does "sherbert" occur in so much wider an area than the habitual excrescent r tendency? My family in Cleveland, for example, always eats sherbert, but never warshes the bowls afterwards. Explanation? Tim Behrend Asian Languages University of Auckland