cot/caught on the street

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Tue Jul 1 14:03:25 UTC 2008

vanity license plate on a car parked in downtown palo alto yesterday:


presumably, the cot/caught merger, in favor of open-o.  for me, it'd
be RAHK AWN.  but maybe the open-o appears only in this expression,
under the influence of the vowel of "on".


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