Noah Webster at 250

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Oct 23 23:37:55 UTC 2008

At 10/23/2008 03:34 PM, Alison Murie wrote:
>I had a teacher in third grade, back before  WWII, whose name was
>Stough.  She used to challenge incoming classes to decide how to
>pronounce her name..  Was it "Stuff" as in enough; was it "Stup" as in
>hiccough; was it "Stoff" as in cough; was it "Stew" as in through; was
>it like plough, &c.?   Oddly enough, instead of making me remember
>what the answer was, I'm not sure, nearly seventy years later.  I
>*think* it turned out to be "Stoh" like stowaway. (Can't think of
>another analog.)

But you did learn English spelling rules, and to empathize with the
alleged GBS.


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