In Elvis’s song King of the Whole Wide World, in the opening line, Elvis sings: “The poor man wants the oyster.” But he doesn’t say the word oyster the way most people say it and the way it is spelled. Instead, he pronounces it “Oster,” like my childhood friend Graham Oster (grandson of Hans Oster, one of the conspirators in the plot to kill Hitler.)
In other words, the letter “y” seems to be totally omitted in Elvis’s pronunciation of the word. I have never, ever heard anyone say the word like this.
What is the deal?