As in Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack. Whack or Oo-ack? Is there a definitive answer? There are many arguments for either pronunciation, but did McCloskey ever make a recording? Did anyone note the pronunciation from a reading he did?
posted by noether
on Mar 12, 2014 -
Is pronouncing "lobster" like "lopster" common? If so, is it associated with a particular region/group? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize
on Jan 13, 2014 -
Josh Clark, famed podcaster of Stuff You Should Know, has a very distinctive vocal timbre and set of pronunciation habits. Here's a video of him talking
. Is there a word for the strange and particular way he pronounces things? I'd like to know, because my speaking voice is eerily similar to his, and he and I are the only people I know who talk like that. Is this a documented phenomenon?
posted by insteadofapricots
on Oct 21, 2013 -
[PronunciationFilter] The title is: Crathadh 't 'Aodaich & Zbadba
from the album Mo-Di by the band Mouth Music
. I think the title is Gaelic but I'm not sure. How would I say the title? Or what is a close approximation of the true pronunciation?
posted by zorm
on Oct 4, 2013 -
I couldn't answer this when my Polish friend asked me why the letter changed sound, does anyone else know?
posted by dash_slot-
on Aug 12, 2013 -
Looking for help prouncing the RR sound in words such as sonrisa, alrededor, las rosas [more inside]
posted by iamsuper
on May 3, 2013 -
In the US, in my experience, the medical specialties of obstetrics and gynecology are commonly referred to as "Oh-bee/gee-why-en." Does anyone know why? Why not simply pronounce it "obb- gyne" (the first syllables of the two words)? [more inside]
posted by brevator
on Apr 26, 2013 -
What are very small changes in the sound of a sentence which completely alter the meaning? [more inside]
posted by frimble
on Apr 24, 2013 -
A coworker asserts that there is a regional prevalence to the pronunciation of the word "realtor" by adding a vowel between the l and the t, and I want to know more about that pronunciation. [more inside]
posted by tarheelcoxn
on Mar 19, 2013 -
Why does the U.S. media pronunce certain non-English names with a native accent, while other names are "Americanized" in their pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels
on Mar 13, 2013 -
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]
posted by mecran01
on Feb 27, 2013 -
I'm giving a talk tomorrow where I will be covering the work of typographer Eiichi Kono. So my question is pretty simple: how does one best pronounce his name?
posted by garius
on Jan 9, 2013 -
I need to insert a pronuciation guide into a script for the following Latin animal name: Pachydiscus seppenradensis.
In other words, I just need something on the script page to help the person reading it pronounce it correctly. I can't rely on special symbols or anything longwinded. Just something like is found in this question
posted by Bookhouse
on Jan 1, 2013 -
We're resigned to our differences over the pronunciation of 'scone' (rhyming it with either 'stone' or 'gone'). The strange thing is that both of us regard the other's pronunciation as sounding 'posh'. So, does scone/scone divide along class lines, or is it more about geography or something else?
posted by monkey closet
on Sep 27, 2012 -
In a lecture I am planning, I will mention that the words "algebra" and "algorithm" come from a book called al-Jabr w'al-Muqabala
by Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī. I don't speak Arabic but would like to pronounce the names as accurately as possible. Can anyone advise me on Arabic pronunciation?
posted by espertus
on Aug 27, 2012 -
I have terrible pronunciation. Can you direct me to dictionary-type sites that teach how to pronounce words using high-quality audio files? Merriam-Webster
has the basics and is easy to use, but I am also looking for resources that cover more specialized vocabularies such as cooking terms, medical terms, technology terms, the names of important cultural figures, place names, and product names. Obscurity/difficulty level: stuff like sambal oelek, Yulia Tymoshenko, Mies van der Rohe, SUSE, Schenectady, Elidel, Saucony. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG
on May 5, 2012 -
Are there online equivalents of FSI's "Introduction to French Phonology" for other languages? [more inside]
posted by jweed
on Feb 1, 2012 -
Is there a set of rules one could follow to derive the standard English pronunciation of the names of characters from classical mythology? [more inside]
posted by Paquda
on Jan 5, 2012 -
I've been thinking about improving my (received) pronunciation by reading out loud in English. Need help finding materials online. [more inside]
posted by earthwormsleg
on Oct 8, 2011 -
Growing up, I knew someone who pronounced the word "literally" as "litrally", and "battery" as "battry". When I asked her why she did that, she said it was a vestigial habit from acting classes in college, which would have been in the late 1960s.
Now, the guy who cut my hair pronounces things in that way, and, of course, there is Rob Lowe's character on "Parks and Recreation" who also does it.
My question: Is this a thing? Is it a regionalism? Was it ever taught in acting or elocution classes? Or is it just an affectation?
posted by everichon
on Aug 1, 2011 -
Are there any languages that distinguish between the consonants represented in IPA as /k/, /c/, /t/ and /q/?
posted by Dim Siawns
on Mar 3, 2011 -
I have a list of about 350 words that I'm putting into a database that I'm building from scratch. For each word in the list, I'd like to include its American English dictionary definition (preferably American Heritage Dictionary), UrbanDictionary entry, and Wikipedia page link (I realize that entries may not exist for some columns for many of these words). Is there some way to streamline or data-mine this process, so I don't have to look up each word individually in 3 separate sources x350+, not to mention all the copying and pasting? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Feb 11, 2011 -
When discussing Eugene Onegin
, how do English speakers typically pronounce the protagonist's first name? [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto
on Feb 4, 2011 -
French pronunciation: Schwa at the end of words that end in consonant plus final 'e'? [more inside]
posted by Paquda
on Feb 3, 2011 -
Hailee Steinfeld as Hattie Ross in True Grit
(2010) and Megan Fallows as Anne Shirley in the Anne of Green Gables
series speak almost exactly the same. And it sounds so great. What is the origin of this method of speaking? Elocution lessons? Having parents in the theatre? What?
posted by leotrotsky
on Jan 1, 2011 -
What are the standard English pronunciations of the names of the characters in Plato's Republic
? [more inside]
posted by Paquda
on Oct 25, 2010 -
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.
posted by querty
on Oct 6, 2010 -
Are there any guides to pronunciation of the proper names in Idylls of the King
? [more inside]
posted by Paquda
on Oct 1, 2010 -
I've been trying to re-discover two websites that I've found before but have now utterly lost. One was a photo gallery of people in drug-induced altered states, and the other was a repository of name pronunciations curated by librarians. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Aug 24, 2010 -
US-EnglishFilter: is there a rule for how the preposition "to" is pronounced? [more inside]
posted by Rash
on Jul 13, 2010 -
Help figure out this modifier of the word "mentality", which may be phonetically similar to "sinded". [more inside]
posted by Roach
on Oct 18, 2009 -
Has J.D. Salinger ever written or spoken how to pronounce the name "Zooey" in Franny and Zooey? Are there any recordings of him pronouncing it? Separately, did he create that name or is there precedence for it (whether as a nickname for Zachary or on its own, spelled the same way)? [more inside]
posted by davebug
on Oct 10, 2009 -
I've just got a hold of my class lists for next year and there are a few names that I'm not sure how to pronounce. [more inside]
posted by alby
on Jul 17, 2009 -