Halley

Paul Andinach pandinac at tartarus.uwa.edu.au
Fri Mar 31 00:06:45 EST 2000


On Thu, 30 Mar 2000 Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk wrote:

> > > 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.
>
> Well,  I've alway's called it Hallie's Comet, if you see what I mean.
>
> But the only person I know with the surname Halley I think
> pronounces it as in Hall.
>
> FWIW.

Somebody at this college just got awarded the Peter Halley memorial
prize for academic thigamabob, and the presenter announced it Hayley.

FWIW.

Paul
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