A puzzle by Isaac Asimov:
What word in the English language changes its pronunciation when it is capitalized?
Asimov was thinking of polish, but there are many others: august, herb, job, lima, natal, nice, rainier, reading, rodeo, tangier …
… and the delightful Mousehole, a village in Cornwall whose name is pronounced mau-zill — and which presumably contains mouseholes.
Thanks to Wade and Dominic for the long list.
November 28, 2009 | Language, Puzzles
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