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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A Pronounced Difficulty

Christine Sangster is one of the editors of the new Oxford BBC Guide to Pronunciation, and undoubtedly hates listening to Americans speak.

She said one of the most commonly mispronounced words - and the one that provokes the most complaints to the BBC - is genealogy. It should be pronounced "jee-no-AL-uh-ji", although many persist in replacing the "AL" sound with "OL". [Link]
I'm no phoneticist, but wouldn't that be the pronunciation of "genoalogy"?

Randy Seaver

I always say gee-knee-all-oh-gee but I think the proper way is jen-ee-all-oh-gee.

The BBC is always slanted left, anyway, so you can't trust them. I don't!

Randy

Janice

Randy,

I say it the same way you do... majority wins. The others are saying it incorrectly.

J

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