Beh-ril, burr'uhl, and burl

Damien Hall halldj at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat Jul 22 15:33:58 UTC 2006

Beverly said:

'I missed the start of this, but I assume the word is "barrel"?'

The word is 'Beryl', as in the tropical storm contributing to the rain that the
mid-Atlantic region is getting right now!  So, while I suppose we'd need more
evidence / more occurrences to really study it in depth, it does seem to be a
phenomenon along the lines of 'Mary, marry, merry, (Murray)'.

Damien Hall
University of Pennsylvania

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