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Pronunciation of amateur

(13 Posts)
JeanSeberg Thu 20-Mar-14 21:56:44

It's not 'amacheur'.

Why is this so common nowadays?

Spockster Thu 20-Mar-14 22:02:19

As bad is "shtyoodent", really gets my goat confused

JeanSeberg Thu 20-Mar-14 22:04:05

But I've heard it on the bbc and everything.

fevertrees Thu 20-Mar-14 22:05:08

Never heard that before.

Magix Thu 20-Mar-14 22:05:14

What is it then ? I've never heard it pronounced any other way ?

JeanSeberg Thu 20-Mar-14 22:09:28

It's amateur but lots of people pronounce it amacheur.

fevertrees Thu 20-Mar-14 22:14:40

The correct way (in my mind) is to split it up, too. A - ma - teur then place stress on the 'teur' part.

That probably doesn't make sense at all blush

JeanSeberg Thu 20-Mar-14 22:17:44

There's definitely no ch in it.

Magix Thu 20-Mar-14 22:28:16

Like ama-toor?

JeanSeberg Thu 20-Mar-14 22:29:00

Yes with a t not a ch.

Magix Thu 20-Mar-14 22:38:56

I don't think my scottish tongue would get round that . And id definitely get the pish ripped right out me for saying it like that ! grin

ohmymimi Thu 27-Mar-14 18:44:37

It's an American English pronunciation, am-a-tee-ur, which degrades to am-a-chee-ur, isn't it. The UK pronunciation is am-a-tur, which is similar to the way it's said in French.

chateauferret Fri 28-Mar-14 19:31:24

Where I come from it's "ammituh", same as a device for measuring electrical current.

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