antedating "hobo" 1885

Randy Alexander strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 25 02:39:20 UTC 2009

On Sun, May 24, 2009 at 11:52 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at> wrote:

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> Interesting that the writer feels it necessary to describe the
> pronunciation of the vowels. I would have taken that for granted.

While yes, most of the words in English that follow that pattern have two
"long" o's, some do not, like color, honor, and for most speakers, mono.

Randy Alexander
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