Date: Mon, 6 Mar 1995 08:50:09 -0500 From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." Subject: Re: AWFUL OFFAL These are homonyms for me, too, a native Milwaukeean. I suspect that they might be homophones for lots of people, those affected by the _cot_ / _caught_ merger. I don't have the merged vowels generally, but my _off-_ words have the open o vowel as in _law_. Regards, Bill ****************************************************************************** Bill Kretzschmar Phone: 706-542-2246 Dept. of English FAX: 706-542-2181 University of Georgia Internet: billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Athens, GA 30602-6205 Bitnet: wakjengl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga