Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 16:05:32 -0500 From: "Virginia P. Clark" Subject: of(t)en My impression is that often (with the /t/) is increasing in use, at least among college students. I've considered it a spelling pronunciation, given that for several hundred years (no OED handy) the standard pronuncia- tion was without the /t/. But then, I'm still trying to figure out why one of my own children pronounces the /l/ in calm and palm. Virginia