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How do you pronounce 'mayor'?

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DontPhoneItIn Fri 08-Feb-13 19:47:08

I've heard so many people saying 'may-er' recently - I was sure that it was pronounced as 'mare' in British English. confused

Please help, it's driving me batty!

LadyInPink Fri 08-Feb-13 19:48:31

I say Mair.

TripTheLightFanjotastic Fri 08-Feb-13 19:51:47

As it's spelt: may-or

FaceLikeAPickledOnion Fri 08-Feb-13 19:59:53

I say mare. But I'm common as muck grin

MsHighwater Fri 08-Feb-13 20:02:56

Surely it's partly regional? I pronounce it as two syllables. I'm Scottish. Thinking of the one syllable pronunciation, I hear it in an English accent (mostly southern English)

IrrelevantElephant Fri 08-Feb-13 20:03:07


RobinSparkles Fri 08-Feb-13 20:04:54


deleted203 Fri 08-Feb-13 20:06:58

Mare. (Northern English here). I reckon it's probably down to your accent.

ZZZenAgain Fri 08-Feb-13 20:08:10

one syllable for me. I say mare, same as the horse.

SCOTCHandWRY Fri 08-Feb-13 20:11:41

May ur (Scottish)

AnaisB Fri 08-Feb-13 20:19:17

I say marr

Lostonthemoors Fri 08-Feb-13 20:20:16

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AnaisB Fri 08-Feb-13 20:20:22

Obviossly I mean "mare."

Bilbobagginstummy Fri 08-Feb-13 20:22:21

2 syllables??? shock


mummysmellsofsick Fri 08-Feb-13 20:24:10

Round here some people pronounce there 'they-re' and hair 'hay-re'. I've always thought may-or belonged to the same accent. I say mare fwiw

SueDunome Fri 08-Feb-13 20:24:18


AnaisB Fri 08-Feb-13 20:25:32

"obviously" <decides never to post on this board again>

MikeOxardAndWellard Fri 08-Feb-13 20:25:57


fuzzysnout Fri 08-Feb-13 20:29:23


edam Fri 08-Feb-13 20:30:33

mare. To rhyme with hare and dare.

Never have cause to say it to be honest, but if i did I'd say May-ur.

MirandaWest Fri 08-Feb-13 20:34:19

I say mare. I think.

cardibach Sat 09-Feb-13 23:38:32

I say may-er. It's an accent thing. THis site has an American and British pronunciation example, and both have two syllables. I think Mare sounds silly, so I'm pleased.

steppemum Sat 09-Feb-13 23:47:07

mare - I am southern english a bit RP pronunciation

steppemum Sun 10-Feb-13 00:20:44

ummm, cardibach, unless I am missing somethign, that link has an American voice doing the pronuncuation (2 syllables)

Then it has the phonetic pronunciation written next to the word, it gives both may-or and mare (can't write in phonetic as no accents over letters)
So both are correct.

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