Odd hyphenations

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 18 15:41:10 UTC 2014

Back 60 years ago the nuns in CT taught that "often" was to be pronounced AWE-fin (~aufin) without pronouncing the "t".  So with that pronunciation I can understand hyphenation o-ften.  But nowadays I hear the "t" pronounced, and so of-ten makes more sense to those who pronounce the "t".   And the "awe" often goes to "ah" nowadays.   But I don't know if it's more often ah-fin, ah-ftin, awe-fin. awe-ftin or not.
Tom Zurinskas, Conn 20 yrs, Tenn 3, NJ 33, now FL 12.See how English spelling links to sounds at http://justpaste.it/ayk

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