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Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Dec 6 12:58:09 UTC 1999

Are we talking about "vowels" or "rhymes"?

dInIs (who tends not to think of rhymes)

>You're right of course. So I distinguish 8 "ough"s not 7. I could see
>cough rhyming with slough but that would still leave 8 pronunciations.
>maberry at
>On Sun, 5 Dec 1999, Kim & Rima McKinzey wrote:
>> >I...and the ough
>> >in "thought" = the the ough in "coughed".
>> Surely you don't say either thawft to rhyme with kawft or, conversely, kawt
>> to rhyme with thawt...
>> Rima

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