Vowels [was Re: "monty" < "python"]

Peter Pearson ppearson at nowhere.invalid
Thu Mar 21 22:52:37 CET 2013

On Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:09:52 +1100, Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 8:36 PM, David H Wild <dhwild at talktalk.net> wrote:
>> In article <MNydnWm7B9i5NdfMnZ2dnUVZ_s6dnZ2d at giganews.com>, Larry Hudson
>> <orgnut at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>> The word "apron" was originally "napron", and over the years the phrase
>>> "a napron" mutated to "an apron".  So that became the accepted word.
>> Similarly, the snake was a nadder - congruent with the natterjack toad.
> Hey look, snakes, we're back on topic!

Ha!  Great shot, Chris A.

People who enjoy this sort of linguistic diversion would
very likely enjoy John McWhorter's classes from the Teaching
Company, which is where I first encountered many of the examples
given in this thread.

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