Date: Sun, 10 Sep 1995 11:25:56 -0500
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: contempt vs. content
The information Wales wants on 'comptroller' is in Pyles (The Origins and
Development of the English Language), p. 72.
'Comptroller' is a pseudolearned respelling of 'controller,' taken by
English from Old French. The fancy spelling is doubtless due to an
erroneous association with French 'compte' "count." The word has fairly
recently acquired a new pronunciation based on the misspelling.
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu