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How do you pronounce superlative?

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SarkyWench Thu 22-Nov-12 19:45:26

I think that ds1 has been taught this incorrectly.

1) super-LAY-tiv (to rhyme with "super native")
2) soo-PER-li-tiv

SarkyWench Fri 23-Nov-12 23:56:51

crud-dites are far less classy than crew-dites.

For some reason I describe views as being picture-skew.
Which makes no sense.

AViewfromtheFridge Fri 23-Nov-12 23:58:33

Clearly 2. But...I'm an English teacher and have made the odd slip up in pronunciation when using words which I've only ever seen written down.

I must confess that there are at least 96 children, and probably more, who I have sent out into the world pronouncing protagonist protaJonist, oxymoron oxy-MORon (stupid) and apropos a-PRO-pros.

I know now how to pronounce these words.

ExitPursuedByABear Fri 23-Nov-12 23:58:37

Oh we do that as well, picture skew.

Not classy at all here.


ExitPursuedByABear Sat 24-Nov-12 00:00:19

So how do you pronounce protagonist?

3b1g Sat 24-Nov-12 00:01:55

Or archipelago?

BOFingSanta Sat 24-Nov-12 00:02:38

Pro Tag onist.

BOFingSanta Sat 24-Nov-12 00:03:11

Arki Pell Ago

3b1g Sat 24-Nov-12 00:24:54

That's what I went for (DS2's reading book). Wasn't sure where to put the stress though: third or fourth syllable.

steppemum Sat 24-Nov-12 00:28:50

dd did a play with lots of flower fairies, one was called Dahlia. Teacher insisted on pronouncing it DAR - LEE - A

I tried to tell dd that this flower is pronounced DAY - LEE - A, but she wasn't having it.

Have since discovered there is some current character in something with htis name pronounced the teachers way!

AViewfromtheFridge Sat 24-Nov-12 00:32:12

Protagonist is like a hard 'guh' sound rather than a soft 'juh' one.

(Although I still think it sounds better my way.)

Notquite Sat 24-Nov-12 00:37:26


SarkyWench Sat 24-Nov-12 09:12:55

Somebody farted on my pedantry thread shock

Xenia Sat 24-Nov-12 09:18:54

As I think the second poster had it. The more interesting issue is does anyone still pronounce the su bit as I sometimes do - we must preserve that English traditional. I cannot write it. I mean either the vey common - soo or what I always think sounds much better sue.

Actually it is the same issue with I will soo you (take you to court - American pronunciation) or sue

Maryz Sat 24-Nov-12 09:22:18

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SarkyWench Sat 24-Nov-12 09:27:14

I think that ambulance should be spelled the welsh way...


I like "tacsi" too

Maryz Sat 24-Nov-12 09:47:25

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insancerre Sat 24-Nov-12 10:09:46

I remember at sixth form reading something out loud, probable shakespeare, in class and coming across Antipodes for the first time.
I pronounced it annti- podes instead of an-tip-uh-deez
But I think I got away with it as nobody else knew how to pronounce it either

ScrambledSmegs Sat 24-Nov-12 10:22:59

I pronounced Arkansas "Ar-kansas" in a school lesson once. I did not get away with it blush

At least I'll never forget how to pronounce it correctly now.

FlyOverTheMistletoe Sat 24-Nov-12 10:29:41

Yoze mite- not talk like that, sadly I know some one who always does wink

apachepony Sat 24-Nov-12 10:38:37

Jaysus. Is it really embarrassing to admit I just learnt there now how Arkansas is pronounced today? Obviously heard that word in films etc but never connected it to the spelling. Obviously we never learnt the states in school blush

apachepony Sat 24-Nov-12 10:39:48

In my defence, my pronunciation of Yosemite is spot on...

EvilTwins Sat 24-Nov-12 10:45:27

I used to teach a particular short story for GCSE English (twas in the AQA anthology) which had "beribboned parcels" in it. Was always grin at my colleague who insisted the parcels were Berry Boned.

lottiegarbanzo Sat 24-Nov-12 10:47:58

Super LAY tive sounds like it ought to have something to do with excess milk production, thought that would be Super LAIT ive.

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