Scot LaFaive scotlafaive at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 13 18:38:30 UTC 2008

I don't have the low-back merger, and I've always pronounced them the same.
Of course, I rarely us "laud" and I've been to know to screw up and use
pronounce "wield" as "weld" without noticing.


On Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 1:03 PM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at> wrote:

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> An MSNBC newsreader just talked about people being [laUd at d] for good
> deeds.
> I suspect her writer had written <lauded> and she didn't recognize the
> word,
> at all or at that moment, on the teleprompter.  Would an educated
> twenty-something not know the <laud>/<loud> contrast?  I couldn't tell
> from
> her speech at the moment whether she has the low back vowel merger.
> Charitably, it could have been a slip.
> Herb
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