Date: Tue, 25 Jul 1995 12:16:07 +0100 From: debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU Subject: sherbe(r)t I'm just looking at the entry in Webster's Dictionary of English Usage on this subject: they conclude that sherbert is a standard variant, found most heavily in 20th c. English and American usage, even if the second r is unetymological. What they don't cover is the sherbert/sorbet distinction, which seems to me to function today like the spaghetti/pasta distinction and the many names for coffees: a yuppy phenom. My kids, who apparently are yuppies, eat pasta, while I still cook them spaghetti. And I am told to buy ice cream for the kids and sorbet for the grownups when I head out to Baskin Robbins. I always ask for sherbert, since it must be cheaper than sorbet. Dennis (who is learning to say double nothing for large decaf cappucino made with skim milk) -- Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of English office: 217-333-2392 University of Illinois fax: 217-333-4321 608 South Wright Street home: 217-384-1683 Urbana, Illinois 61801