"mores" with silent E

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Aug 3 14:53:29 UTC 2010

At 10:16 AM -0400 8/3/10, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>At 8/3/2010 08:19 AM, Neal Whitman wrote:
>>Damien's closing "oh, tempura! Oh, morays!" reminded me that some
>>time last week on NPR, I heard someone  mention the mores of
>>society, pronounced to rhyme with "pores".
>I think it was Jon Lighter who wrote that.  It was clearly an
>allusion to the Japanese gustatory delight with eel.
Besides nimbly distinguishing the target from those notorious social
morays (11,600 google hits), I'd like to think that the monosyllabic
pronunciation may be a reconstruction from "some-mores".


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