Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 17:09:53 -0500

From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU

Subject: Re: ornery

Here in NE Wisconsin [ornery is]

pronounced with three syllables, more or less like it's spelled.


Do they pronounce both r's ?

Does anyone know why/when the first r is not pronounced?

Isn't it? It is for me: or-nuh-ry.

Speaking of "or" words, does anybody else find it odd that "bore"

is given in the Fromkin-Rodman chart of key words to represent "aw"?

My students couldn't figure out why there were different symbols for

the vowel in "boat" and the vowel in "bore." I told them to ignore

"bore" and substitute "paw." (We then discussed briefly the horse/hoarse

distinction, but I do think a more consistently pronounced key word

should be given in an introductory textbook.)

--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]