At last. A home for drinkers!

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Dec 13 16:36:55 UTC 2007

On Dec 13, 2007 10:36 AM, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
> On Dec 13, 2007, at 6:50 AM, Dennis Preston wrote:
> > Some of y'all boys lookin fer a place to lay your weary heads after a
> > night on the town may want to check out some Oklahoma possibilities.
> > One realtor writes about a place as follers:
> >
> > Wonderful, Unique house located in a very sot after neighborhood.
> to be added to my misspellings file.  pretty clearly an ear spelling
> by people with the cot/caught merger.
> not in any of the four on-line corpora of misspellings that i consulted.

But note that we do have the non-rhotic spelling "sort after" in the ECDB:

--Ben Zimmer

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