Ok, no verse right now, I just stumbled on something I just have to ask you about. Now, I am well aware that different accents pronounce different words differently–that’s pretty much what the definition of “different accents” means. And I have no illusions that I am immune from this (a colleague has recently begun teasing me about how I pronounce “dinosaur”, a pronunciation which betrays my quasi-Appalachian roots–yes, I’m looking at you, KD).
Anyway, in pursuit of a possible children’s book (which, in this case, would be very difficult, but if possible, extraordinarily cool), I happened to think about the word “otter”. As in the animal. In casting about for rhymes, it occurred to me that there are a number of words that come close but do not rhyme… for me. But then, I wondered, might these words rhyme for others? Might my own rhymes not work for others? I really have no idea! Which is really cool, which is why I am asking you. And please, feel free to spread this around, since “regular readers” are a rare and wonderful breed (well, compared to PZ’s horde, anyway).
A) Which of the following rhyme with each other?
B) Where are you from (linguistically, at least)?
I will stop there, though I could continue. Are there any obvious words that should be here but are missing? I’ll put my own answers up soon–I think I have four groups here, based on the initial “O” sound and the pronunciation of the middle “t” sound…. but I don’t want to bias your answers!