All right. Now, I understand.

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Jan 2 02:16:38 UTC 2013

On Jan 1, 2013, at 8:54 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 1, 2013 at 12:59 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
>> 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.)
> I agree. So, why rewrite the word as "caldron," as though people were
> suddenly pronouncing the word as "CAL-drun"?
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
Maybe the idea is that if enough people spell it that way, enough other people will start pronouncing it to rhyme with…well, haldron.  (That's the Hadron Collider equipped with the robot from 2001.)


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