Date: Mon, 11 Mar 1996 10:30:43 -0700
From: William King WFKING[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Re: drouth etc.
In our town in the upper Hudson Valley, it was /troth/ rhyming with roth,
but whether this is still so, I don't know. Since dairy farming is common
there, I would guess that the troughs remained pertinent and perhaps
remained /troths While it is possible that teachers from other areas
may use the "correct" pronunciation, I doubt that the word would arise enough
for them to have an impact. As kids we used it because there was a high,
round trough near a gristmill/feed store fed directly off of some water
source, a canal perhaps. The horses were long gone for the most part, but
we kept the trough in use for squirt gun fights, hence trough was high
frequency for us.
Bill King Univ. of Arizona / SLAT