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Archives: broughamFrom: Wordsmith (email@example.com)
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 1994 00:03:25 -0400 (EDT)
X-Bonus: Let's hope God grades on a curve.
brougham \'bru_[-*)m, 'bro_-(-*)m\ n
I received a torrent of messages after today's mailing. Thanks to all those who wrote.
The most popular response was the word "queue" sent in by a line of subscribers that include Brian Battles of arrl.org, L. Singh of jhu.edu Marty Fuchs of mdc.com and Cheryl Southard of caltech.edu.
Jerri Sparks-Kaiser, calling in from ucla.edu, reminded me that word "ghoti" can be pronounced as fish (if you don't know how ghoti = fish, look under G.B. Shaw in your nearest library, don't ask me). Speaking of pronunciation, Hillel Bromberg (no, it's not Broughamberg (-: ) an avid subscriber from babson.edu, cited Dr. Seuss: "The tough coughs as he ploughs the dough." He pointed out that the sentence has, "Four words with the same sequence of four letters yielding four different pronunciations."
On a rather unrelated note,
Observant subscriber Alan Ezust at mcgill.ca remarked that the definition "2: a coupe automobile; esp : one electrically driven" "sounds like an old word for a relatively new concept..." I guess those were some farsighted folks when they coined this term in mid-nineteenth century. (-; Any EV guys out there?
George Demarest of novell.com and Daniel Terner of rutgers.edu shared this response for a word with four or more consecutive silent letters. They offered: "Shhhhhhh."
Probably that's what lexicographers said to the word "brougham" and quieted down poor u and g and h and a...