Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 14 02:35:47 UTC 2008

She's probably a Saudi that drives an Audi.

In USA English print media the tradstreeng "au" spells the "awe" ~au sound at least twenty times more often than the "ow" ~ou sound.  In fact "au" is not existent spelling the "awe" sound in the top 5,000 most popular words in English.

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> Poster: Herb Stahlke
> Subject: laud/loud
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> An MSNBC newsreader just talked about people being [laUd at d] for good deeds.
> I suspect her writer had written  and she didn't recognize the word,
> at all or at that moment, on the teleprompter. Would an educated
> twenty-something not know the / 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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