tumeric/turmeric & donut/doughnut

Mark Odegard markodegard at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 16 19:35:38 UTC 2000


I would not call 'turmeric' an active-vocabulary item. It's one of those words you see on the ingredient-list of condiments, especially prepared mustards.

For those who do have it in their active vocabulary, it likely follows the same rule as the first R in 'surprise'. Most people drop it, even if their speech is otherwise remorselessly rhotic, as with General American.

Mark.

  From: Douglas G. Wilson 

  Do those who know of the existence of 'turmeric' often use 'tumeric' instead? 
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