Date: Sun, 10 Sep 1995 11:25:56 -0500 From: "Dennis R. Preston" 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. Dennis Preston