Friday, June 16, 2006

While fictioning tonight, I ran across this entry in The Columbia Guide to Standard American English:

aerie, aery, eyrie, eyry (n.)

All these are variant spellings of the word for an eagle’s nest (and figuratively any other high habitation). Pronunciations are just as numerous, and include AI-uhr-ee, EE-ree, UHR-ee, and ER-ee. Say it firmly in a loud voice while looking your listeners straight in the eye: most of them will be every bit as unsure as you are.

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