>===== Original Message From "t" <[log in to unmask]> ===== >> Probably because a-dropping <ae> is from the Latin <ae> diphthong, which, >> IIRC, became pronounced <e> everywhere anyway. <aero-> is from Greek >> <ae:r>. > >Doesn't (a)esthetic come from Greek? And (o)esophogus, and onamatopo(e)ic? Yes, but from the Greek *diphthongs* <ai> and <oi>. There wasn't a diphthong in <ae:r>/<aer->. (BTW, I'm not aware of vowel-dropping in <onomatopoeia> and derivatives...) >> > Also, does anyone know Webster's logic behind respelling 'colour' as >> > "color", but not 'source' as "sorce", which, being a stressed vowel, >> > would need it more, IMHO. >> >> My impression is that it's because the vowel in <colo[u]r> is not the same >> as the vowel in <source> [in General-American, anyway]. But I think it >> might have been that only final <-our> that was respelled. > >No, you see, my point was, the spelling of @ isn't very important, and >yet -our was revised to -or. [snip] Perhaps it's just reaction against spelling the 'simple' sound /r=/ with a trigraph? *Muke! -- http://www.southern.edu/~alrivera/ ICQ: 1936556 AIM: MukeTurtle "We're making the Internet easier to use by keeping you from using all of it."