coffin pronunciation

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat Mar 15 15:04:41 UTC 2008

That's an interesting distinction for someone growing up in funeral
home. I once spent a week in Batesville, Indiana, the US coffin/casket/
urn capital. There I learned that a casket has a triangular head and a
coffin a rounded one. I wonder if that's only their distinction. BB

On Mar 14, 2008, at 6:36 AM, Lynne Murphy wrote:

> Raised in a funeral home in NYS, therefore I pronounce it 'casket'.
> ('Coffin' is for people who say 'undertaker', 'funeral parlor' and
> 'wake'
> instead of 'funeral director', 'funeral home' and 'calling hours'.)

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