antedating "hobo" 1885

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Tue May 26 03:37:44 UTC 2009

Laurence Horn wrote:
> At 10:11 AM -0400 5/25/09, Mark Mandel wrote:
>> "color" and "honor" do not follow the pattern <CoCo>.
>> m a m
> No, and the ones that do all stem from stemless prefixes or from
> non-nativized loanwords, I venture to guess. ....

There are of course some marginal exceptions.

Does "boyo" rhyme with "yoyo"?

Does "toro" [fish] rhyme with "boro" [alternative spelling of "borough",
quite routine in some regions]?

Does "folo" [news jargon = "follow-up"] rhyme with "polo"?

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