Odd rhyme claim

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 15 21:37:54 UTC 2009

Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> The poet John Hollander asserts that New England is "the only region of the
> nation" (or was in Emerson's time) "in whose dialect _patriot_ rhymes with
> _thought_."
> Really? I'd have guessed that _patriot_ "rhymes" with _thought_  nowhere on
> Panet Earth.  Or is Hollander being facetious at Emerson's expense?  Yeah,
> that must be it.  Sorry.
> On the other hand....I'm curious.
It took me a moment to even imagine a possible pronunciation of
"patriot" where this would be a sensible claim. But, of course, possible
doesn't mean that it actually exist(s|ed) in any American dialect. But,
is it at least possible that "patriot" was pronounced with secondary
stress on the final syllable and, consequently, with an un-reduced (or
minimally reduced) vowel?
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