strand = 'strain'

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 13 18:25:02 UTC 2010

On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 8:56 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:

> strands

WAG: Overcorrection by someone unconsciously wrestling with the
"Southern Raising-Before-Nasal" rule (made that name up on the spur of
the moment, buh chawl gnome sane)? For such a speaker, _strain_ and
_strand_ would normally fall together as "strain."

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