[Ads-l] cal-ving

Stanton McCandlish smccandlish at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 13 23:39:58 EDT 2019


There's at least one British accent in which the *l* in *calf* is
pronounced (e.g., listen to the song "The Golden Calf" by Prefab Sprout,
1988), but I've never heard a North American say it as "callf".  Maybe
someone's overcorrecting, not recognizing *calving* as derived from *calf*,
and thinking instead of names like *Calvin* and *Calvary*.

On Fri, Sep 13, 2019, 4:32 PM David Daniel <dad at coarsecourses.com> wrote:

> CNN reporter, about a big-ass chunk of glacier calving in Alaska,
> definitely
> called it cal-ving. WTF? Is that a one-off, a trend, a movement, a
> rebellion, a sea change, or we don't know?
> David
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