Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 09:17:38 +0000

From: David Bergdahl bergdahl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU

Subject: Re: St. Lewis

Respelling a city's name to accommodate pronunciation can sometimes

backfire. Wooster, Ohio is named for Worchester or Worcester and

older speakers say [wUs] for the first syllable but younger ones say

[wus], perhaps prompted by the the more common pronunciation of the {OO}

spelling to tense the vowel.



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