Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Dec 24 14:26:02 UTC 2008

At 12/24/2008 07:43 AM, Tom Zurinskas wrote:
>Nor ~Klous as well, but I assume that's not an American dialect

Isn't it the Pennsylvania Dutch American dialect
pronunciation?  :-)  (I was joshing when I suggested it.)

But I believe I pronounce "male" and "mail" identically, something
like a shortened form of "may-ull" or "may-ill", and differently from
"mal".  (Of course, in the 18th century it was "malefeasance",
although I don't know how that was pronounced.)


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