John Cowan: > And Rosta scripsit: > > > I say /r@UT/, to rhyme with _oath_, which is what the OED lists, > > alongside /rQT/, though I think it's a word I've only read and > > never heard. OED also has /rQT/ for _wrath_, of course. > > I have /RAT/, like RP "wrath" and like the name "Roth" in GA. There's some confusion here. _wrath_ in RP is /rQT/, [RQT], rhymes with _cloth_ (as it does for you, but not, I think, GenAm), and doesn't rhyme with _bath_, /bA:T/, [bAT], or _Plath_, as, I think, it does for most Americans. > Hence the joke: the girl says "Mr. Epstein is waxing wroth!", > and Groucho replies: "Tell Roth to wax Epstein for a while." Does the joke work for most Americans? Or only Noo Yawkas? --And.