On 2/2/07, Benct Philip Jonsson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This is probably the reason that in the "Longman
> Pronunciation Dictionary" Wells has replaced PALM with
> FATHER as keyword.

Well(s), good!

BTW do American kids spell that word {fother}? :-)

Not in general, but I suspect that's mostly because (1) it's a word we learn
so early that it just doesn't tend to get misspelled and (2) we learn it at
the same time as "mother", with which it doesn't rhyme.  Since "father" is a
perfect rhyme with "bother", it wouldn't be an unreasonable spelling.

Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>