Magicians' words

Michael Quinion TheEditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Wed Apr 28 20:26:53 UTC 2004

Laurence Horn wrote:

> I've always assumed this would have to be "presto change-o", to
> prevent it from rhyming with Django.

It should indeed, and it appears as "presto changeo" and also as
"presto change-o", but it seems to be more commonly spelled without
the "e" at all.

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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