[Ads-l] "goal" or "gaol"?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 31 04:07:36 UTC 2016

On Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 11:38 PM, Douglas G. Wilson <douglas at nb.net> wrote:

> Several years ago when searching for something including the word
> "pharaoh" I noticed a very large number of instances of "pharoah". Maybe
> the sequence "ao" tends to look 'wrong' to the Anglo eye somehow.

You're not the first to notice, Doug.

Headline: "Yes, American Pharoah's name is spelled wrong"


And there's the jazz saxophonist, Pharoah Sanders.
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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