Words that have a "zyu" sound in American English pronunciation?
March 25, 2009 8:54 PM Subscribe
Are there any words that have a "zyu" sound in American English pronunciation?
posted by kosmonaut to Writing & Language (39 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
In general, there is a difference between British and American English pronunciation of certain words, like "dune", "resume", "suit", where British speakers have a "y" sound between the consonant and the "u", and Americans do not (we say them like "doon", "rezoom", and "soot").
(In both versions of English, this added "y" can occur with certain consonants, e.g. "cute", "fume".)
I noticed that American English has the word "disuse", which has s+y+u consecutively (which is somewhat rare for us). What I am wondering is if there is any word that has z+y+u consecutively in American pronunciation? I am pretty sure it would have to similarly be in the middle of a multisyllabic word, if it does exist.
So, can anybody come up with a word with a z+y+u sound in it?