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How do you pronounce "moths"?

Do you say moth-s, mawths, mothz, mawws, or something else entirely? I've recently found out that no one can understand me when I say "moths." I don't believe I say any other English word so confusingly, so I'm curious how I came to say it so peculiarly, and whether my pronunciation is unique to me. I do have a bit of the northern cities vowel shift (and no longer live in the midwest), so I'm wondering if that adds to the confusion.
posted by stillmoving on May 27, 2016 - 42 answers

Becoming a slow(er) talker

I talk fast. Very fast. Sometimes, when stressed or on low sleep, VERY fast indeed. This must stop! My attempts at speaking more slowly, unfortunately, have often verged on self-parody in the opposite direction: far too slow, or like an English actor doing a bad American accent. What are some good ways to slow down my speech and avoid these pitfalls? Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 24, 2016 - 16 answers

Como se dice "Gc"?

How does one pronounce the surname "Gc" that might originate in India? [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Mar 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Children's fantasy stories that taught pronunciation

Hi, I'm looking for a set of children's fantasy picturebooks from the 1960s or 1970s, that were designed for educational therapy, specifically to teach children how to correctly pronounce the "R", "Th" and "L". The ones I can remember were: [more inside]
posted by happyroach on Jan 17, 2016 - 2 answers


You're talking to a coworker about developing a FAQ. In your conversations, do you say "fack" or do you spell out "eff a queue"?
posted by mudpuppie on Oct 27, 2015 - 103 answers

Why are people still saying 'spicket' instead of 'spigot'?

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]
posted by smokysunday on Sep 29, 2015 - 6 answers

What is the pronouncing difference between /æ/ and /e/ in US English?

The question is about the pronunciation of /æ/ and /e/, such as in Brad and bread, expansive and expensive, man and men, bad and bed, pat and pet, flash and flesh, sad and said, had and head, etc. I asked local Americans about the differences, listened to Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNL5BmWQGiI) videos for the difference, but I still did not quite get it. It is understandable that dialects would lead to difference as well; so in British English pronunciation, I probably caught the difference; but in the Mid-western dialects, e.g., Minnesota, these two sounds are so similar that I can never succeed in distinguishing them without a context. So the question is to ask: 1. What is the difference between /æ/ and /e/ in your US dialects? 2. What is the difference between /æ/ and /e/ in Mid-western dialects? An answer with a video or audio information would be very helpful I guess.
posted by caladesi on Sep 1, 2015 - 24 answers

What is the proper pronunciation of the name "Zijad".

What is the proper pronunciation of the name "Zijad".
posted by davebush on Aug 27, 2014 - 5 answers

IPA Pronunciation

Is there an online tool that will take an IPA pronunciation and speak it to me?
posted by devnull on May 6, 2014 - 6 answers

How do you pronounce Ouack from Make Way for Ducklings?

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 - 18 answers

Don't even think about ordering a lobstah roll

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 - 41 answers

Is there a word for how Josh Clark talks?

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 - 13 answers

How is this song title pronounced?

[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 - 4 answers

Vegan. Why is it a hard 'gee' when vegetarian is a soft 'gee'?

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 - 3 answers

How to pronounce Spanish rr in combination with other consonants?

Looking for help prouncing the RR sound in words such as sonrisa, alrededor, las rosas [more inside]
posted by iamsuper on May 3, 2013 - 18 answers

Why is Ob/Gyn pronounced Oh-bee/Gee-why-en?

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 - 41 answers

Tiny changes in sentences that create huge changes in meaning

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 - 72 answers

Regional pronunciation of the word "realtor" with added vowel

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 - 51 answers

Trope like Opie?

Has the word "trope" ever been pronounced to rhyme with "Opie"? [more inside]
posted by war wrath of wraith on Mar 17, 2013 - 13 answers

"co-LOME-bee-uh" versus "CALL-um-bee-uh"

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 - 45 answers

Learning a neutral accent and DIY speech therapy

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 - 7 answers

Dayta or Datta?

Help me find a dialect map for the pronunciation of the word "data". [more inside]
posted by janell on Jan 29, 2013 - 30 answers

Japanese Name Pronounciation

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 - 7 answers

How would you tell someone else to pronounce this phrase?

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 - 3 answers

Calling number 9...

How do you say Henry Ireton's last name? [more inside]
posted by Jehan on Dec 23, 2012 - 8 answers


How do you pronounce "Long Island"? Think for a second and then join me inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 9, 2012 - 63 answers

You say scone, I say scone; let's call the whole thing off

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 - 48 answers

Why is she talking about "baggles"?

In what regional dialect do people pronounce "bagel" as though it were spelled "baggle"? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Sep 3, 2012 - 76 answers

How do I pronounce al-jabr and al-Khwarizmi?

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 - 3 answers

Pronunciation of Stegastes leucostictus

Help me pronounce this scientific name: stegastes leucostictus. [more inside]
posted by moonroof on Aug 3, 2012 - 26 answers

Help me find online resources for how to pronounce difficult words

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 - 12 answers


Are there online equivalents of FSI's "Introduction to French Phonology" for other languages? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Feb 1, 2012 - 1 answer

Standard English Pronunciation of Mythological Names

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 - 8 answers

How would a Cockney pronounce "Battlestar Galactica"?

How would a Cockney pronounce "Battlestar Galactica"?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Jan 4, 2012 - 21 answers

Clearly, it's pronounced "kisskshhh of ex"

How do you pronounce the hyperbolic trigonometric functions? [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Nov 19, 2011 - 21 answers

Documentaries and radio transcripts for improving British English?

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 - 5 answers

Pronouncing Literally, Battery Oddly

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 - 26 answers

Where[Way-uh}? Over there[they-uh].

How can I help my 3 year old with his pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by unceman on Jun 14, 2011 - 26 answers

People with poor answers will end up on my tzompantli

I how do pronounce the name Tlacaélel? [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum on May 3, 2011 - 7 answers

/k/, /c/, /t/ and /q/

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 - 10 answers

How do I collect dictionary definitions for ~350 words to put into a database?

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 - 10 answers

Eugene Onegin in English

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 - 17 answers

French Pronunciation

French pronunciation: Schwa at the end of words that end in consonant plus final 'e'? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Feb 3, 2011 - 15 answers


How, if at all, does one pronounce "pwned"? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Jan 20, 2011 - 36 answers

It sounds so pretty!

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 - 12 answers

Plato Pronunciation

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 - 10 answers

Rush Push Lush Bush Hush

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 - 35 answers


Are there any guides to pronunciation of the proper names in Idylls of the King? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Oct 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Next week: What was that site with photos of librarians on drugs?

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 - 10 answers

What's a good way to expand one's vocabulary?

What's a good way to expand one's vocabulary? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 16, 2010 - 23 answers

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