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this has been bugging me since I was 7, I'm now 34 so I thought it would be a good time to ask

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sausagesandwich34 Fri 23-Nov-12 22:49:49


is it really pronounced extra-ordinary???

surely that changes the whole meaning of the word

is it ex-trord-an-ry?

I had to say it in a school play when I was 7 and the teacher inisted it was extra-ordinary

just doesn't sound right to me

MooncupGoddess Fri 23-Nov-12 22:53:50

Well - it means 'beyond the ordinary', but you're right, no one (except a few old school types) pronounces every syllable any more. Occasionally in a period drama one hears 'Ex-tra-ord-in-ary!' in a shocked cut-glass accent and it always cheers me up.

sausagesandwich34 Fri 23-Nov-12 22:56:29

she pronounced it extra-ordinary, and even at 7 I thought 'well that means it's even more ordinary'???

strange woman

but she's not the only one I've heard say it like that

YDdraigGoch Fri 23-Nov-12 23:10:42

Extra-ordinary is technically correct. But most people would say extrodnary.

ElphabaTheGreen Sat 24-Nov-12 19:42:55

Trust one of the Cymry to come out in favour of a phonetic spelling wink

TravelinColour Sat 24-Nov-12 19:44:04

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YDdraigGoch Sun 25-Nov-12 00:27:41

Cymru. Not Cymry wink

CaseyShraeger Sun 25-Nov-12 00:34:12

As TravelinColour says, 'extra' means 'outside' or 'beyond' - think of extra-vehicular activity done by astronauts (i.e. spacewalks).

I'd generally say "extrordinary" unless I were enunciating particularly clearly for dramatic effect or otherwise, though. Mr Tickle always has extraORdinarily long arms.

ProcrastinatingPanda Sun 25-Nov-12 00:40:29

grin I can imagine a tiny 7yr old sausagesandwich frustratingly pondering this question.

peeohayess Sun 25-Nov-12 01:01:34

Mr Tickle's extraordinarily long arms freak me the hell out. Sorry, OP, just had to hop in and mention that.

ElphabaTheGreen Sun 25-Nov-12 01:20:02

Nope - Cymry as in one of the Welsh people, not Cymru as in the country.

Pedant yn Gymraeg fi, hefyd grin

gymboywalton Sun 25-Nov-12 02:15:12

gymboywalton Sun 25-Nov-12 02:15:27

like this

Monty27 Sun 25-Nov-12 02:23:40

Can't you just say 'amazing' instead?

Seriously, it's prounced eggstroydinary

Yes? depending where you're from clearly grin

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sun 25-Nov-12 02:26:30

i deffo say extraordinary. extrordinary sounds a bit nothingy.

badtime Thu 29-Nov-12 12:26:01

I pronounce the 'a' sort of as a schwa rather than any sort of recognisable 'a', but I definitely pronounce it. Hearing people say 'extrordinary' (or, more precisely, 'extrawdinry') makes me feel slightly uncomfortable.

MirandaGoshawk Fri 30-Nov-12 21:51:16

OP, I feel your pain (that is, the pain of your 7-yr old self) and I think you're right. Extrordinry. Teachers - pah!

I had a biology teacher who drawled on about the urilay system, at least that's what I wrote in my notes, because that's how it sounded when he said it. (Urinary - and no, I didn't get the GCSE)

nickelbabeuntiladvent Sat 01-Dec-12 10:34:46

i pronounce it

"extra" is latin for "outside"

so extraordinary means "outside of ordinary"

neveradullmomentinparadise Sat 01-Dec-12 21:55:38

I must share this story re: the meaning of extraordinary. A few years ago 9 yr old DD proudly produces a scrapbook she'd been making in her bedroom....about "Extra-ordinary Trees". (Regretfully I can't remember WHY she was doing this). Anyway, there were pages titled "Ordinary Trees", with pictures below..followed by pages titles "Extra-Ordinary Trees", with pictures. The Extra-Ordinary Trees were captioned "Those other trees were quite ordinary, but these are even more ordinary". Makes me smile to myself even now smile

CatchingMockingbirds Sat 01-Dec-12 22:36:11

Aw that really sweet never grin

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