Trivial note on pronunciation: forehead

Mark Mandel Mark.A.Mandel at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 8 02:29:58 UTC 2009

Obviously they got it back-wed.

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On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 6:49 PM, David A. Daniel <dad at> wrote:

> My fifth grade teacher, this in Southern California, circa 1960, told us
> that only ignorant people said for-hed, that proper pronuncation was for'ed.
> My fifth grade teacher was an idiot. However, here's a bit of linguistic
> schizophrenia for you. Merriam-Webster lists for'ed before for-hed and has
> two little speaker thingies to click on, one for each pronunciation. But the
> order is reversed. The first speaker thingy says for-hed, and the second
> says for'ed, the opposite of what they show in text.

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