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