Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 22:04:56 -0500

From: Charles F Juengling juen0001[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GOLD.TC.UMN.EDU

Subject: Re: Pronounciation of ...

On Wed, 13 Sep 1995, Cynthia L. Moore wrote:

While we are on the subject of various pronciations (e.g., jewelry), I

thought I'd mention some English words with difficult to pronounce final

consonants. In the following, I commonly hear one or more of the final

consonants dropped:

twelfth, pron'd TWELF ("th" dropped)

I've never heard this pronunciation, but I have heard 'TWELTH' and 'FITH'

(5th). How many people out there say 'clothes' exactly as they say

'close'? (BTW, are there any 'tloze' speakers left anywhere?)

Fritz Juengling

sixth, pron'd SIKST ("h" dropped)

months, pron'd MUNTS ("h" dropped)

wreaths, pron'd REEZ ("th" dropped)

Have other people noticed this? Maybe pronchick Rima Mc has.

Cindie Moore, Arlington, VA