no rhyme for "castle"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Oct 31 00:22:38 UTC 2011

On Oct 30, 2011, at 4:37 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> Famed star Lorraine Bracco clearly pronounced the "t" in "castle"
> while introducing the film _The Black Room_ on TNT this week.
> That means she can't rhyme it successfully with any single English
> word. That could be a problem at some point.
Not if phonological words (complete with clitics) count:

I just timed a wide-out named Castle  ['kaest at l]
I've never seen his match.
Someone who runs that fast'll
Be awfully tough to catch.

[inspired by watching the aforemetioned football wrap-up show]


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