dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #147

Anita Graham amgraham at cygnus.uwa.edu.au
Wed Mar 29 21:40:39 EST 2000



>
> Ah, but I, and most of the other Australians I know,
> pronounce the comet
> bloke to rhyme with "Sally"... dunno why, but we do!
>
> Hmmm - maybe because to say it "Hay - lee" reminds us of Hayley Mills?


Because it's written Halley - and the double-l - to me - indicates a short
vowel.
Not that I *think* this out, its just instinct.

I've never worked out why people call it Hay-lee's comet.

Anita

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