PRONUNCIATION PTUESDAY: Let's go for a drive. What is the correct pronunciation of vehicle? (And wasn't the song "Vehicle" by the Ides of March just great?)
Isn't the H silent?
I just spent the last 10 minutes saying this word over and over again, to the point where the word sounds funny, all for the purpose of answering this question.
Omg. In my dialect the H is pronounced. Neither is "right" or "wrong".
Are you in Western Montana? If so, I would imagine our dialects are similar. I, too, am used to hearing the H.
Stationed at Malmstrom in Great Falls. I'm from North Carolina.
Curioso... So we should definitely NOT have similar dialects. Lol
Thanks for your service, btw.
Well, MT is about the most southern state you can find outside of the south. I give them a pass.
To us PNWers, "southern" can mean LOTS of things.
I cant differentiate between the two, when I say them both they sound the same. Lol.
Nvm I figured it out. Lol. Never heard it pronounced the first way. Lol
The blue answer.
Gold star, my friend! ✯
A similar question with increased difficulty would be "often."
I've asked that one, before I formalized this series, in a straight "preference" poll. I say OFFen - which do you say?
Same as you. If I recall correctly, it was originally pronounced with the /t/ sound (the word was originally just "oft," but mutated to "often" to more closely match its antonym, "selden," which became "seldom").
However, the /t/ was dropped during Early Modern English. It only started reappearing with the advent of widespread literacy, and has only become "acceptable" recently, since it's caught on with those attempting to sound educated.
I love Tom's polls because I'm a language geek, even when I'm wrong. I have clearly memories of learning the word "often" and being taught the silent T. I'm sticking to that pronunciation, but I feel like I'm the only person I know who is. My
queston for those who have developed a pronunciation with the T sound is why they don't do the same with "soften?"
BB - I've actually heard soften with a /t/ here in TX. But not offen! :-D
Pretty sure there's a regional component to the "ofTen" thing. Just the way it spread around.
Usually it's the same kind of people who ask you to "louden" the music.
I D I O T S !!!
I got it right! I never say veehickul. Sounds weird.
Nice. I got it right too.
Well, gold stars for both of you! ✯✯
Thought this one would be tougher!
It is nice to get an easy one once in a while. :)
Gold star indeed! ✯
Gotta meet that dog!
You're up early/late! So I apparently got this one wrong. Given your explanation, shouldn't the adjective form be pronounced vee-IC-(y)u-ler? It seems universally pronounced vee-HIC-yu-ler.
Ok. I've done my research and accept that the pronounced h may be a local erroneous dialect. However, the sources are in agreement that the silent h belongs to the second, not first, syllable. So can I make up part of my failed grade with some
extra credit? ;-)
Your extra effort earns you a gold star! ✯
Another Gotcha Question! Although there's a big ol' H in this word, it's silent and belongs to the FIRST syllable, not the second. "Veh" is thus pronounced "vee" here. "VEE-ih-kul" is correct. Gotcha again, didn't I? :o)
I used to love that song. Still do. Got it right
Yeah, you got me again. But I gotta say, I don't recall ever hearing it pronounced that way.
Yeah I got it :)
Gold star, Grace! ✯ ❤️
MM - I guess we West Texans jist gotta learn t' tawlk raht. :-D
Bob - Gold star for you! ✯
that's how I pronounce it (gold star yay) but what about vehicular manslaughter. is the h silent there too?
I generally consuld three unabridged dictionary apps that I have on my iPod: Merriam-Webster's Third New International (the spelling bee standard), Oxford Dictionary of English (not the 17-volume OED, but a big, one-volume British unabridged), and
my favorite, the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition. I like it best because, like me and unlike Webster's, it's prescriptivist. The AHD says vee-HIC-you-ler. Uncharacteristically, the other two list NO pronunciation!
So I'm happy with the AHD's version! :o)
Yeah, my wife always says I talk like a hick.