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Odd Pronunciations

Postby Christo » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:43 am UTC

You know when you're spelling something for someone over the phone, and they can't understand if you're saying "d" or "b" (or whatever). A friend of mine is fond of finding the oddest words possible to fill those in. K as in knee. G as in gnat. Anyone up to the challenge of coming up with the weirdest words possible for this?

Here are a few:

A - as in autonomous
B - as in bdellium
C - as in chef
D - as in django
E - as in eye
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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby bigglesworth » Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:56 pm UTC

F as in Fforde
G as in Gnat
H as in l'Hôpital
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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby Christo » Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:23 pm UTC

I as in Ian
J as in Jose
K as in Knock
L as in the second one in Llama
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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby brenok » Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:46 pm UTC

G as in fish

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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby gmalivuk » Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:54 pm UTC

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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby mathmannix » Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:19 pm UTC

No, not "This Enchanted Tweek", "Disenchanted Week". Here, let me spell it out for you:

D as in "Doubleyou", I as in "Ivy", S as in "Sea", E as in "Eye", N as in "Niece", C as in "Cue", H as in "Hugh", A as in "Are", N as in "Next", T as in "TV", E as in "Excess", D as in "Decay", then W as in "Why", E as in "Eye", E as in "Envy", K as in "Knee", L as in "L.A.", and Y as in "Yes".

So... WIVCIEQURXTVXSDK YINVELAES?


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OK, that was too complicated. Let's try a coherent one:

What is the name of that lounge chair-like thing in that commercial from Value City Furniture?

Oh, that's Chaise. Spelled C as in "Cue", H as in "Hugh", A as in "Aye", I as in "Inn", S as in "Sea", and E as in "Ee".

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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby Christo » Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:22 pm UTC

brenok wrote:G as in fish


Brilliant.
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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby gmalivuk » Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:40 pm UTC

Only if you pretend that 'gh' can ever be /f/ at the beginning of a word, or that 'ti' by itself can start with anything other than /t/.
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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby Christo » Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:52 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:Only if you pretend that 'gh' can ever be /f/ at the beginning of a word, or that 'ti' by itself can start with anything other than /t/.


It's still a brilliant reference.
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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby Christo » Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:17 pm UTC



These just blew my mind hole.
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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby araprado613 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:22 am UTC

Here's something a friend of mine insist on using:

E for Igloo
F for Effort
G for Jiggle
L for Elephant
Q for Cucumber

The E for Igloo is by far my favorite.

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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby Angua » Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:19 pm UTC

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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby Aiwendil » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:27 am UTC

araprado613 wrote:E for Igloo


I was extremely perplexed by this until I noticed that you're from Sydney. I guess you pronounce it /'iɡ.luː/?

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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby Lazar » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:46 am UTC

I'm still confused. The value of /ɪ/ in AusEng may approach [і], but I've never heard that it merges with /iː/.

Fun fact: iglu is actually the Inuktitut word for any kind of house. What we call an igloo, the Inuit would specifically call an igluvijaq. This is one of many cases where English has taken a foreign word and given it a more specific meaning, like anime (animated cartoon), gelato (ice cream), kiełbasa (sausage), salsa (sauce) or tempo (time). I like to call this process "hyperspecification".

Other fun fact: Inuktitut (at least most varieties of it) is written in a syllabic script which was originally developed for Cree (the most widely spoken indigenous language in Canada). The Latin alphabet is nice and all, but it's cool to see New World languages taking a different approach. Also of note, and even more awesome, is the Cherokee syllabary which was developed single-handedly by Sequoyah. Unicode just recently added support for upper- and lower-case versions of it.

Further fun fact: In the above fun fact, I was able to write "least most" as part of a grammatical sequence of words. This is vaguely reminiscent of the passage, penned by Anthony Burgess, "Then, instead of expensive mouthwash, he had breathed on Hogg-Enderby, bafflingly (for no banquet would serve, because of the known redolence of onions, onions) onions. ‘Onions,’ said Hogg," in which he uses the word onions four times in a row. On balance, his accomplishment is greater than mine.

Final fun fact: I'm drunk.

Actual final fun fact: I wrote [і] with a Cyrillic і (used in Ukrainian) so that it wouldn't act as an italic tag. Fuck the police.
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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby Mega85 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:55 am UTC

I saw this:

Well, if you use the GH as in "enouGH"

the O as in "maggOt"

and the TI as in "marTIal"

it'd be pronounced FISH.

So what then, should the correct spelling of "Potato" be?

If GH can stand for P as in Hiccough

If OUGH can stand for O as in Dough

If PHTH can stand for T as in Phthisis

If EIGH can stand for A as in Neighbor

If TTE can stand for T as in Gazette

If EAU can stand for O as in Plateau

Then the right way to spell POTATO should be: "GHOUGHPHTHEIGHTTEEAU"

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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby araprado613 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:50 am UTC

Aiwendil wrote:
araprado613 wrote:E for Igloo


I was extremely perplexed by this until I noticed that you're from Sydney. I guess you pronounce it /'iɡ.luː/?



As much as I would love to come up with a smart answer for this, I can't. My friend just really likes messing with people. Me included. Sorry, mate. :D :)

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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby ThirdParty » Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:29 am UTC

Just saw this thread. Here's my attempt at a word list that's unambiguous but deeply weird:
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A as in Aeolus              /iəʊləs/
B as in Bdellium           /dɛliəm/
C as in Chthonian         /θoʊniən/
D as in Djibouti            /dʒɪbuti/
E as in Eureka              /jʊrikə/
F as in Flabbergast       /flæbərgæst/
G as in Gnarly              /nɑrli/
H as in Honorable        /ɑnərəbəl/
I as in Ingénue             /ɑnʒənu/
J as in Juárez               /hwɑrɛz/
K as in Knapsack          /næpsæk/
L as in Llano                /jɑnoʊ/
M as in Mnemosyne      /nimɒsɪni/
N as in Ngultrum         /əŋgʊltrəm/
O as in Oedipus           /ɛdɪpəs/
P as in Psychology       /saɪkɑlədʒi/
Q as in Qatari             /kətɑri/
R as in Rhizomorph     /raɪzoʊmɔrf/
S as in Spiel                /ʃpil/
T as in Tsunami          /sunɑmi/
U as in Uighurs           /wigʊrz/
V as in Videlicet         /wɪdelɪkɛt/
W as in Wholesome     /hoʊlsəm/
X as in Xhosa              /koʊsɑ/
Y as in Yclept             /ɪklɛpt/
Z as in Zapotec          /sɑpətɛk/

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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby gmalivuk » Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:14 pm UTC

I'm confused by your choices for F and R, since those words start with the "normal" sounds for the letters.
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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby ThirdParty » Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:22 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:I'm confused by your choices for F and R, since those words start with the "normal" sounds for the letters.
Yeah. I couldn't find any words that started with those letters but not with those sounds, so just went with funny words. I'm not terribly happy with "S as in Spiel" either, although at least I got "S" to make a different sound than it usually makes in that position. Oh, and the pronunciation I gave for "videlicet" is Latin; its standard English pronunciation is /vɪdɛləsɪt/.

If you've got better suggestions, do share. I just wanted to have a complete alphabet even if it meant including some sub-par entries.

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Re: Odd Pronunciations

Postby Grop » Mon Feb 22, 2016 4:41 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:I'm confused by your choices for F and R, since those words start with the "normal" sounds for the letters.


I would say the same about D, Q and Y (maybe U), except that words with such sounds aren't usually spelt this way.


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