Date: Fri, 11 Oct 1996 12:11:52 -0500

From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU

Subject: Re: Stoled


How can you be an l-vocalizer and also one who did not pick it up? I'm

confused. (Gid thayng ah kin tahp e-mail to yih; mah pronunsayshun would

drahv yih nuts.)



Dennis Preston said;

Is Grant from the 'right' part of Missouri to be an l-vocalizer?

Yes, I am an l-vocalizer. I used to live in Little Dixie, up in Audrain County,

and that area is rife with told/toad, cold/code, bold/bode, etc., but I,

thank God,

did not pick it up. Drives me nuts.

Terry Irons said:

What did this person suggest was the correct usage [of steal, pt]?

Stole, I believe. The only definition I can find for "stoled" is to be

wrapped in a

mink stole.

Peter Patrick said:

why DID my speaker say "stoled"? [or Grant Barrett, for that matter!]

I have no idea. I first encountered a problem with this word earlier in

the year

when I tried to spell it and realized, looking at it, that it was not a

word. I continue

to use it, however. I like it.

Grant Barrett