All right. Now, I understand.

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Jan 1 17:59:28 UTC 2013

I pronounce "cauldron" as would crows -- that is,
like "caw".  And as does the OED, using a vowel
symbol for which it gives as an example
"thought".  (Reversed c followed by colon.)


At 12/31/2012 11:34 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
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>On Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 5:36 PM, Benjamin
>Barrett <gogaku at> wrote:
> > don't know what sound the ampersand stands
> for, but FWIW, I pronounce the "au" in
> "cauldron" just like the "a" in "father," that
> is, "ah." That seems in line with
> /ˈkɔːl.drən/ given in Wiktionary
> ( and the OED.
>I agree. (Ampersand = "ash," since not all phonetic symbols make it
>through unscathed. I'm surprised that yours did. It's good
>news, if the regular symbols can now be used without having your post
>reduced to gibberish.)
> >
> > Wiktionary gives "caldron" as an alternative
> spelling of "cauldron," and the OED traces the spelling of "caldron" to 1425.
>When the Times starts using a particular spelling, it's not exactly a
>mere "alternative," anymore. <sigh!>
>All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
>to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>-Mark Twain
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