World Wide Words

Issue 886: Saturday 12 July 2014

1. Feedback, Notes and Comments

Lewis Carroll’s pronunciations  In the last issue I quoted Carroll on his preferred pronunciation of his coined words in Jabberwocky, including the instruction to “pronounce ‘rath’ to rhyme with ‘bath’.” Many readers pointed out that the instruction is unhelpful to a modern international audience that pronounces English a in several different ways. 1,472 more words