"cellar door"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Feb 19 01:49:09 UTC 2010

At 8:30 PM -0500 2/18/10, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>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.
And much more attractive than syphilis.


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