/bolth/ for both

Greg Pulliam pulliam at IIT.EDU
Wed Apr 6 17:14:41 UTC 2005

Maybe the /bolth/ pronunciation is related to the northern cities
shift?  A movement (in just this word or a few words right now) of
the /o/ vowel slightly back or down, the result of which more sounds
like, than actually is, /bolth/.


>I've never heard "bolth" or "polm"
>I have always pronounced the "l" in "almond", even
>after having been corrected.  Doesn't the voice in the
>TV ads for Almond Joy pronounce the "l"? (I haven't
>heard an ad for Almond Joy in a long, long time.)
>FWIW, I say "nucular" more often than not, and I don't
>pronounce the "t" in "often" or "soften.  (On Wheel of
>Fortune a while back, a woman had part of the word
>"soften" on the board as part of a phrase - something
>like "**ften" - and when she correctly completed the
>phrase she pronounced the "t", followed by a look of
>confusion or puzzlement on her face as she realized
>what she'd said.)
>--- Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM> wrote:
>>  FWIW, never heard "bolth" or "polm" round here - or
>>  anywhere else. "Almond" pronounced with all the
>>  letters, yes; also in NYC in the '50s.
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