"cellar door"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Feb 19 01:30:25 UTC 2010

At 2/18/2010 01:46 PM, Grant Barrett wrote:
>Some of the later mentions of "cellar door" do indicate a lack of
>rhoticity in the first part. A number of people (amateurs in
>particular) have tried to connect it to similar-sounding expressions
>of varying accuracy that lack the first R sound: Stella d'Oro,
>so-la-ti-do, celadon, "Si, ella... la adoro," c'est de l'or.

Of course, celadon is the most beautiful pottery glaze and ware in
the Far East.


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