Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Dec 24 03:59:55 UTC 2008

Disregarding that the correct pronunciation of "Claus" is 'klows"
("ow" as in "ouch", and "s" not "z"), I think I pronounce "Claus" and
"claws" differently -- more "w" in "claws".  For me, "Claus" is like "clause".

Or am I missing the fact that Ben is joshing?  (What does "klahz" rhyme with?)


At 12/23/2008 10:27 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>But the *correct* pronunciation of Claus and claws is indeed the same:
>klahz; just ask anyone in my family. Those who would clutter the
>English language by adding superfluous vowels are truly demonic
>because doing so will lead to children being completely unable to
>figure out how to read. BB
>On Dec 23, 2008, at 7:19 PM, Scot LaFaive wrote:
>>>I'm beginning to *thing* the "awe-droppers" have some kind of speech
>>impediment to mispronounce Santa Claus.
>>Much like the language impairment involved in the dropping of [ng]
>>for [k]
>>by some writers.
>>On 12/23/08, Tom Zurinskas <truespel at hotmail.com> wrote:
>>>A Bank of America commercial puts "you" in "opportYOUnity".
>>>Also, I heard today somewhere on TV - Santa Clahz (~klaaz).  Yes,
>>>is there
>>>no respect by these infernal "awe-droppers".  Unfortunately m-w.com
>>>infected.  The word "Claus" should be spoken the same as claws.
>>>But in
>>>m-w.com "claws" ~klauz spoken clahs ~klaaz even though the
>>>phonetics show
>>>an o with a dot over it (~au in truespel) which should be ~Klauz.
>>>I'm beginning to thing the "awe-droppers" have some kind of speech
>>>impediment to mispronounce Santa Claus.
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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