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Pronunciation differences - scone, castle etc

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BearSoFair Fri 09-Oct-20 09:53:03

Are there any more that are common?

Talking to a friend in another country last night and got onto words like 'bath' and 'castle' and how she's never sure whether it should be a long or short A. She wasn't aware of the great scon/scone debate! Are there any other words with well known/debated pronunciation variations? I feel like there must be but none are coming to mind!

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Changethetoner Fri 09-Oct-20 09:56:35

Often - can be pronounced OFFEN, but also OFTEN in some places they do articulate the T sound. yes really.

Bubblebox Fri 09-Oct-20 10:03:32

Vaze/ Varse -Vase
Brekfast/ brakefast- breakfast

BearSoFair Fri 09-Oct-20 10:06:11

Ooh yes vase! Have also just realised I use both 'often' and 'offen' depending on the kind of sentence confused

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Smallsteps88 Fri 09-Oct-20 10:09:17

So so many! grin

MN hashes this out regularly. There’s bound to be at least one thread for each disputed word on it.

(Don’t mention the rhotic and non rhotic accents!)

Montmartre Fri 09-Oct-20 10:09:53

Vaze is the American pronunciation, rather than UK isn't it? I didn't think there was regional variation on that one?


midgebabe Fri 09-Oct-20 10:10:45

Eaten can sound like eeet...n or

ellieboulou33 Fri 09-Oct-20 10:11:34

Mask being called Maask really irritates me

JaJaDingDong Fri 09-Oct-20 10:11:43


In Wales it's pooer. In England it seems to be pore.

Hokeywokey Fri 09-Oct-20 10:13:34

The long and short A is to do with accent surely. Neither is right or wrong.

JaJaDingDong Fri 09-Oct-20 10:14:32

Also tooth.

In Wales it's tuth. In England it's toooth.

TheSeedsOfADream Fri 09-Oct-20 10:16:04


Mask being called Maask really irritates me

Anybody in the south of England irritates you because of their accent?

CatRamsey Fri 09-Oct-20 10:17:51

In some parts of Wales ear is pronounced like year

Bb90 Fri 09-Oct-20 10:18:11

We have funny discussions in our house about these, hes geordie, im southern.
Sure shore/shuer
Pure pyore/puyer
Film film/filum
Bath barth/bath
Grass grarss/grass
Almond al-mond/armond
Latte lartay/lattay
I could go on haha

Smallsteps88 Fri 09-Oct-20 10:18:31

Oh FYI Op, these threads never end well grin

JaJaDingDong Fri 09-Oct-20 10:22:31

In some parts of Wales ear is pronounced like year

And in at least one house in England smile

Anoisagusaris Fri 09-Oct-20 10:26:44

I heard ‘sixth‘ pronounced as ‘sikth’ by an English TV presenter recently - is that normal in English accents?

NameChange84 Fri 09-Oct-20 10:31:04


I heard ‘sixth‘ pronounced as ‘sikth’ by an English TV presenter recently - is that normal in English accents?

How do YOU pronounce sixth?

I can’t think of any other way that Sikth? confused

One that drives me mad is ahxed for asked angry

gretagreengrapes Fri 09-Oct-20 10:34:34

Necklace: Neck-lace vs neck-lus
Tongue: Tong vs tung

User27aw Fri 09-Oct-20 10:37:20

Im confused why you friend isnt sure whether its prounounced bath or barth. Surely it depends on where she grew up there is no right or wrong way.

FreezerBird Fri 09-Oct-20 10:41:20

It was on a recent MN thread that I discovered some people don't pronounce the l in words like almond.

Dairyfine Fri 09-Oct-20 10:42:53

i pronounce sixth as sicksth.

InTheLongGrass Fri 09-Oct-20 10:43:05

Garage is the only one I can think of that I havnt seen mentioned.

User27aw if you speak English as a second language, and hear both it's hard to know which is "correct" - and in these cases, both are valid pronunciations.

TheSeedsOfADream Fri 09-Oct-20 10:44:36

Hardly anybody pronounces "sixth" "correctly" because of the consonant cluster. Technically speaking, it should be /siksth/ but it's usual either to lose the /k/ or the /s/ sound (together corresponding to the letter "X")
Make it plural and you've got real mouth gymnastics going on!

Iamagree Fri 09-Oct-20 10:48:46

Scottish "Wh" is pronounced differently from "w" - for example Where and wear are not the same sound. The "wh" is aspirated (?) so with a little puff/blow of air. I only realised this recently when (not "wen" grin) someone took the piss...
I don't know if this is only Scotland though.

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