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Article Title

Arbitrary Words

Authors

Susan Thorpe

Abstract

This is a sequel to Unusual Words (Word Ways 2008145) which examines words with single like letters having different pronunciations, thus being represented by different phonetic symbols. Arbitrary Words looks at words with two like bigrams which have different pronunciations and different phonetic symbols. ARBITRARY is one such word, the first AR being pronounced as the A in bath, but the second AR as the AR in arise. Words in which one of the two bigram letters is represented by the same phonetic symbol in both bigrams are not included.

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