Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 16:06:05 -0400 From: "H. Stephen STRAIGHT (Binghamton University/SUNY)" Subject: Re: Pronounciation of Oxymoron -Reply My apologies to Larry Horn for misrepresenting his statement of subjective impressions of the relative frequency of particular non-orthographic pronunciations as a claim that they were implicationally scaled. A less polite list-er might have taken me to task for the misrepresentation. Thank you, Larry. Even relative-frequency judgments are, however, suspect. For example, my own experience growing up in a houseful of English teachers in the Midwest found feb-yu-air-ee, but NONE of the other examples cited in this thread. Presumably, by the way, it's not at all a matter of not knowing how to spell. After all, there are innumerable examples of words that no one ever pronounces in accordance with their spelling (take the word "word", for example). And, interestingly, all of the realtors I know say reel-a-ter and reel-a-tee, but most of them seem to spell these words in the prescribed manner. By the way, remember that Jimmy Carter has a degree in nuclear engineering. Education and expertise don't make the difference, either. H Stephen STRAIGHT, Anthro/Ling/Lgs Across the Curric, Binghamton U (SUNY) Box 6000, Binghamton NY 13902-6000 Tel: 607-777-2824 Fax: 607-777-2889