Friday, January 7, 2011

A WhisTle to the Wise

It's called a hypercorrection, and it's driving Fio crazy. Please, people, DO NOT PRONOUNCE THE "T" IN "OFTEN." It's silent, as in "sofTen," "moisTen," "fasTen," and "misTletoe." Linguistic Lady here does not know why it is silent, but it is. Please, lisTen to me.

1 comment:

Gary said...

So if it serves no purpose why put it there!? Geez, what does it think, it's as good as the "P" in Pflugerville or pneumonia? And without them we wouldn't need a hypercorrection, would we. Palease!