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How do you pronounce superlative?

(117 Posts)
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

RightUpMyRue Thu 22-Nov-12 19:46:11


AppleOgies Thu 22-Nov-12 19:46:21


AppleOgies Thu 22-Nov-12 19:47:11

1 is just wrong.., who on earth says super-lay-tiv?!

TessCowDirect Thu 22-Nov-12 19:48:17

I agree with Apple.

Crikeyblimey Thu 22-Nov-12 19:48:24


1 is just not the same word - madness.

picnicbasketcase Thu 22-Nov-12 19:48:54


chrisrobin Thu 22-Nov-12 19:49:22


BrokenBananaTantrum Thu 22-Nov-12 19:49:25

Sue pearl a tive

HoratiaWinwood Thu 22-Nov-12 19:49:45

Two. Obviously. Roffle.

cashmere Thu 22-Nov-12 19:50:06


KristinaM Thu 22-Nov-12 19:52:19


BOFingSanta Thu 22-Nov-12 19:52:24

Definitely 2.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 22-Nov-12 19:52:50


LunaticFringe Thu 22-Nov-12 19:53:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Pascha Thu 22-Nov-12 19:53:48

No 2. Sue PEARL ativ.

Notquite Thu 22-Nov-12 19:56:16


lovethesun1 Thu 22-Nov-12 19:58:57

No.2 definitely!

HullyEastergully Thu 22-Nov-12 20:00:10

I LOVE Super-laytive.

I am going to adopt it for-Thwith

DilysPrice Thu 22-Nov-12 20:07:22


(though David Bowie at Live Aid referred to everyone's effort as "superlatative", which is an excellent word, so I frequently struggle with the urge to say that instead).

SarkyWench Thu 22-Nov-12 20:53:19

Thank fuck for that.

I thought I was losing my mind...

I got ds1 to tactfully suggest that his mum thinks it might be <insert correct pronunciation> but she is insisting that I am wrong.

Do I persevere? Or let a generation of children spread comedy pronunciation wherever they go?

MirandaGoshawk Thu 22-Nov-12 21:03:45

Maybe the teacher has an unusual accent which makes some words sound odd?

SarkyWench Thu 22-Nov-12 21:19:22

Nope. Nothing unusual.

This is up there with hyper-bowl and yoze-might
(different people before you ask)

ISeeThreadPeople Thu 22-Nov-12 21:21:43

DD's preschool teacher read a book to them all about Archy Meds.

SarkyWench Thu 22-Nov-12 21:24:26

Very intellectual (I think...)

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