Date: Mon, 11 Mar 1996 10:30:43 -0700


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