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Then how should we pronounce "turquoise"?
We, in the US, think of it mostly as stone used in Native American jewelry but I think it's Turkish. As for the shell backed critter, I just call them all "turtles" and let someone correct me if necessary.
I think the original pronunciation of turquoise...
would have been TUR-KWAHZZ or something like that. French you know.
But TOR-TOYCE is growing on me.
Might be useful to know more than one pronunciation
so you can blend into any roomful of people....and not commit those awful "fox passes".
i was taught to pronounce it
tur-quoize, but over here it's pronounce tur-keeze
(NT) How do they pronounce "turkeys" then?
(NT) tarnagol hodu...:-)
(NT) that's the way we/they say it ;-)
My kids have already adopted it as their official pronunciation.
We say Tortoyce.
But then, we UK English pronounce everything properly. Take Aluminium.
Americans say Aluminum - Aloo min um
We say Aluminium - Al u min e um, as it is spelt.
I'm sure I could find others.
Or I could batten down the hatches and hide........
But correct the wrong American
and risk a bad case of lead poisoning.]:)
Actually it's the other way around...
You both spell and pronounce aluminum incorrectly. American pronunciation and spelling is usually the right way, and the British the wrong.
Take as an example, the word "gaol".
I rest my case.
(NT) Who put the "r" in Washington?
Nobody I know pronounces it with an "r"
Maybe in some other part of the country, but I wouldn't know aboat that
Everyone knows you can't trust those people...
from Washington (DC that is)
There's a town near me called Westminster, Vermont that everybody pronounces WestMINISTER. Drives me crazy. And we won't even get into "Worcester".
A great little English hamlet.
Pronounced Wooster in the UK.
How do US say it?
What about Birmingham then? Some in the UK say it is the UK's 2nd city. The other 99% of the population avoid the place!
We pronounce it Ber ming hum
I believe in the US it is pronounced Ber ming HAMMM
This could go on for years couldn't it.
Two competing steak sauces in the US were
A-1 (Heinz, I believe) and Worchestershire (by Lea and Perrins). The later we pronounced as "Wooster".
People in Massachusetts pronounce it...
There are many varying pronunciation styles in the US. New England is quite distinct from the South or West or even Philadelphia.
and not to forget Gloucestershire
re. "those people"
the ones from Warshinton are not the problem; it's the ones who come here from somewhere else, convinced that having donated a pile of money to the President-elect's campaign fund or maybe carried his suitcase into the hotel at some fundraiser event in the hinterlands somehow uniquely qualifies them for the task of "fixing" the "problem" commonly referred to during the campaign as "Washington" (without the "R") and then proceed to screw it up worse because they have no frickin' clue what they are doing ...
(NT) There's usually an "r" in the Baltimore area, for one..
Hi, there, Mark! Now, just for fun.
Not to worry.
We have the same differences in pronounciation around the country.
My Dad was raised in the state of Virginia. Even after living for a while in West Virginia, and most of his adult life in Kentucky, he continued to pronounced "ou" as Canadians, for instance do.
I say ""howse" and blowse" (with an "ow" sound. He said "hoowse" and "bloowse", with an "oo" sound.
One of my friends, though raised in my area, added an "r" at the end of words like "idea"(idear), as did President Kennedy. ("Cubar"). But neither would have written them that way. I have known people who say "Mizsruz" for "Mrs", referring to a married woman.
Some say "adverTISment". I say, "ADvertisement".
There was an interesting TV series (and a book) titled, "The Story of English".
There is an old song that says, "You say potaTAH, and I say "potatO", you say "TomaTAH, and I say "tomatO"...:-)
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It's "You say "poTAHto", and I say "poTAYto"...
I saw a comedy bit once where both singers pronounced the words the same, and then gave up because they didn't get it.
and who says............
toity poiple boids
sittin on de koib
choipin and boipin
jonah ''hoping Mark hasn't battened down yet'' jones''
Isn't that how everyone speaks?
We do here...... !
PS, it's Potato, and Tomahto. Everyone know that!!! <g>
Hi, Mark. "Aluminum" is spelled w/o that "i" over here --
so it's pronounced as spelled on both sides of the pond! And over here, "spelt" would be marked wrong on a spelling test, as well; it's considered a crudity used by the uneducated!
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