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Tristan scripsit:

> On the subject of French and lieutenant, where'd the /f/ come from in
> the Commonwealth pronunciation of it?

It's a mystery, though the front rounded vowel may have suggested a
fricative to anglophones.

I wonder how old this distinction is?  "Did lootenants and leftenants
face one another at [the American Revolution battle of] Yorktown?"

Peter Jennings is the Canadian-born anchor of a major U.S. television
news program: supposedly, his prompter spells this word "lootenant"
so as to cue him to (mis)pronounce it.  Ghu forbid the American people
should hear a pronunciation on TV that they don't understand instantly.

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