Word for Word #34 The shifting nature of pronunciation

Jun 25, 2020

In this special “iso edition” episode, we take a small detour from talking about the virus to chat with Chief Editor Alison Moore about one of her favourite things — pronunciation. 

Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it. 

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Lindsay - July 28, 2020, 12:48 p.m.

A different take on pronunciation... Could you please make sure, when introducing new words in the Word for Word podcasts, to spell the word out at least once. "karen" and "seened" came out of left field and took careful (re)listening to ... believe!

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Bob - Aug. 30, 2020, 10:27 p.m.

Given the theme of this podcast I'm surprised you didn't deal with the pronunciation/pronounciation dichotomy. But then perhaps you may not know as many uneducated people as I do (sorry that sounds so elitist). But the pronunciation change that grates most with me is forehead. I think I first heard it pronounced fore-head in 1997, now it's nearly all the time. I can't help thinking of the little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead.....

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