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It's con-TRIB-ute and dis-TRIB-ute, not CON-trib-ute and DIS-trib-ute!

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80sMum · 27/08/2011 23:35

Why do so many TV presenters and newsreaders mispronounce 'contribute' and 'distribute' these days? The emphasis always seems to be put on the first syllable instead of the second. Why do people do this?

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mercibucket · 27/08/2011 23:38

because that's how people talk these days? it's how I say them - maybe I need to learn English Hmm

lettinggo · 29/08/2011 09:12

It's how I say them too. Don't see a problem tbh.

Mumswang · 29/08/2011 09:31

Though I wad the only one who still says con TRIB ute, I'd started doubting myself

nickelbabe · 06/09/2011 14:47

no it isn't.
it's CON-tribute.

conTRIBute is just wrong.

are you American? it sounds like american pronunciation.
(if you are, then , ywes, that's fine, but if you're European, it's wrong)

80sMum · 04/10/2014 18:58

Couldn't resist digging this one up again! Cambridge dictionary would appear to agree with me!



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DunedinSunshine · 05/10/2014 00:22

According to this, both are acceptable in British English.

MrsCakesPrecognition · 05/10/2014 00:30

If you can understand a person, even if they are mispronouncing or otherwise mangling a word, then the communication and use of language is effective. Criticising someone just because they don't use language the way you want them too seems unfair.

DrankSangriaInThePark · 06/10/2014 14:16

Except it doesn't agree with you, does it? It says both are OK in British English.

DrankSangriaInThePark · 06/10/2014 14:18

(but kudos for allowing something to bother you for 3 whole years before finding that link, to, er, not prove you were right anyway)

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