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May 8, 2005 9:07 AM Subscribe
In the US, the first syllable of "privacy" rhymes with "eye." In the UK, it rhymes with "give." So why, when listening to an audiobook, did I hear a British reader (with a standard British dialect) pronounce it the American way? Was the reader just being weird, or is the pronunciation of "privacy" becoming Americanized? Are there any other common Brit-pronunciations that are migrating across the pond?
I direct plays (in NYC) and they are sometimes British plays. Having lived in the UK (and having had a British father), I can generally help my American actors sound more authentically British. But I fear I am losing touch with changes in standard British pronunciation. (I know there's no REAL standard, but would most Brits smell a fake if they heard a character say pr-EYE-vacy?)