Brats and Brauts
David M. Robertson
dmsnake at USIT.NET
Sun Jul 15 00:06:08 UTC 2001
Dennis R. Preston wrote:
> PS: Now that I think about it, there might be a third possibility.
> The homography of "brat" the sausage with "brat" the misbehaving kid
> was so annoying to bratwurst-land sausage gobblers that they
> purposely respelled the word to avoid the homography. (Since the
> pronunciation was well-known, there would be no temptation to create
> a homophone with "brought.")
This sounds very plausible to me.
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