I've said and written 'spicket' my entire life and only this morning discovered it was non-standard. Some dictionaries give a cursory redirect to 'spigot'; some don't even list the 'ck' variant. The apparent root of 'spigot' [Latin spica] would seem to obviate this discussion, but the change from /k/ to /g/ had taken place at least by 1590 (both forms co-existed for a while). When did 'spicket' become non-standard, and why has that /k/ persisted to the present day? [more inside]
I couldn't answer this when my Polish friend asked me why the letter changed sound, does anyone else know?
I teach for a living but have a lot of linguistic baggage that I'd like to get rid of. Specifically, I have some weird pronunciation/accent issues and would like to speak "General American" or newscaster English. Is this something I can do on my own? What resources should I use? [more inside]
Help me find a dialect map for the pronunciation of the word "data". [more inside]
Other than, "It just is!", how do you explain to someone the pronunciation rule for: bush/push versus hush/lush/rush where the ush is pronounced differently.
Why do little kids pronounce "r" as "w"? [more inside]
Are there any words that have a "zyu" sound in American English pronunciation? [more inside]
The 'w' in 'Keswick' is silent. So is the 'w' in 'Southwark'. And the 'h' in 'Pakenham'. Is there a name for this and is there a rule to apply it? [more inside]
Help! Need name for English-pronunciation website for Japanese learners. [more inside]
How do you pronounce the word 'read' when used in the following context? -- 'John is dry (read: boring).' /rɛd/ or /rid/ Thanks!
What are some totally awesome free online ESL resources that focus specifically on how to produce the correct sounds in English words for people whose native languages don't contain them? [more inside]
In a conversation consisting entirely of English speakers, how should I pronounce the name Jorge Luis Borges? [more inside]
I'm a native speaker of English but I pronounce some words incorrectly. What other words am I pronouncing wrong? [more inside]
What books/courses/web tutorials would you recommend to help me learn the Received Pronunciation (BBC) English accent? [more inside]
What celebrities (living or dead) do you consider to speak with a "standard" American accent? I'm developing a pronunciation model for use in ESL teaching. [more inside]
AccentFilter: What makes a New England accent recognizable? [more inside]
How do you pronounce the possessive "s" following something ending in s or ch? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend websites that would be useful for Chinese people wanting to learn English? [more inside]
How do you pronounce Murinae?