[Ads-l] "Strew" as [stroU]

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 17 02:19:53 UTC 2015

Back in the day, I mentioned that I was reared to pronounce "strew" to
rhyme with "no" and not with "new." It has occurred to me that there may
once have been a doublet: a word spelled "strow" with the same meaning as
the word spelled "strew," reflecting a dialect/spelling split.

The Works: Of Shakespear. In Eight Volumes.
William Shakespeare - 1726 - ‚ÄéRead. Page 76.
"The herbs that have on them cold dew o' th' night
fitt'st for graves. -- Upon their faces --
You were as flow'rs, now wither'd ; even so
These herbelets shall, which we upon you
Come on, away, apart upon our knees --
The ground that gave them first, has them again :
Their pleasure here is past, so is their pain.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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