/bolth/ for both

Barbara Need nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Wed Apr 6 19:04:00 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 have assumed this is related to the vocalization of "l".

I'm not certain I say "bolth", but I do think it sounds OK. (Lived in
Chicago 20 years! Did not grow up here.)


>>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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