Advanced search think it's 'a MNer' not 'an MNer'

(29 Posts)
MackerelOfFact Wed 02-Apr-14 09:53:45

(As per the top thread on DOTD).

I always read 'MNer' as 'Mumsnetter', not 'Em-en-er'.

Am I the only one?! Is there a rule?!

CookieLady Wed 02-Apr-14 09:55:14


TulipOHare Wed 02-Apr-14 09:55:36

I hear it in my head as "em-en-er".

Don't think there is a rule though grin

EverythingsDozy Wed 02-Apr-14 09:59:41

An en-em-er? Do do do do do
Mahna mahna do do do do

NymodigFruOla Wed 02-Apr-14 10:01:47

Same as Tulip, I hear - and say MNer - as em-en-er, not Mumsnetter.

So if you say it as em-en-er it would sound odd to say "a em-en-er"; "an em-en-er" rolls off the tongue more easily.

HolgerDanske Wed 02-Apr-14 10:04:31

'An' is correct, because the spoken pronunciation of the opening letter has a beginning vowel sound, even though the letter itself is a consonant.

owlbegoing Wed 02-Apr-14 10:05:13

I'm in the an em-en-er camp smile

BigRedBall Wed 02-Apr-14 10:06:12

Heeheehee, net mums users are EN EMAS.... ENEMA. grin

Fruli Wed 02-Apr-14 10:06:58

I read 'Mumsnetter' too, YANBU.

Dozy: grin

BananaBumps Wed 02-Apr-14 10:08:58

YANBU - it's clearly Mumsnetter so "a".

InAGrump Wed 02-Apr-14 10:09:59

Yabu to me it's 'an em-netter'

NymodigFruOla Wed 02-Apr-14 10:10:08

Have a look at this thread Justine picking the 'names out of the hat' for the open day. There's a YouTube link on 3rd March - Justine says Em-En!

diddl Wed 02-Apr-14 10:10:16

I always read it as it is written.

So an MNer.

ApplesinmyPocket Wed 02-Apr-14 10:12:27

Think of MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) - you would say you own 'AN MPV' not A MPV, I expect?

But the clue is in your second sentence - ' I always read MNer as Mumsnetter...' so what you hear in your head will influence you; I hear 'em-enner' grin

BeverleyMoss Wed 02-Apr-14 10:12:42

a MNer

an emener

MorrisZapp Wed 02-Apr-14 10:14:58

Where to we stand on a hotel v. an hotel?

I say a hotel because I pronounce hotel with the h clearly spoken.

Cos I ain't French.

DealForTheKids Wed 02-Apr-14 10:29:52

See, now all I can thing of is 'an enema' :S

Are we all enemas? [boak]

DealForTheKids Wed 02-Apr-14 10:30:18

Oh, X post, ignore me!

Lweji Wed 02-Apr-14 10:31:47


ViviPru Wed 02-Apr-14 10:32:21

Oh! I always read it as Mumsnetter. Had no clue it might have been seen by some as em-en-er. How interesting!

ViviPru Wed 02-Apr-14 10:33:28

Where to we stand on a hotel v. an hotel?

I say "a h-word". I write an h-word.

OBGynKenobi Wed 02-Apr-14 10:41:27

MackerelOfFact Wed 02-Apr-14 10:56:12

I can't justify why I read MNer as Mumsnetter and not em-en-er (da da da) because I read 'DS' as dee-ess and 'DP' as dee-pee, etc.

But. I read 'YANBU' as 'you are not being unreasonable' and not 'yan-boo'.

I guess it just depends how you read acronyms I guess.

MackerelOfFact Wed 02-Apr-14 10:59:22

"Think of MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) - you would say you own 'AN MPV' not A MPV, I expect?"

Fair point indeed. BUT, MPV is clearly quicker to say than multi-purpose vehicle and therefore MPV is used because it is less of a mouthful. Yet MNer is no quicker to say than Mumsnetter - it is just used as it is quicker to type - so you might as well say Mumsnetter, since that's what is stands for.

I appreciate the logic of this thought process is not watertight.

Lweji Wed 02-Apr-14 11:02:22

I say "a h-word". I write an h-word.

That's not very logical.
We write an h-word because we pronounce it as an h-word.

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