Sarah Sheard's Thoughts and Theories

Saturday, August 29, 2009

That Pesky L

What do these mispronunciations have in common?

Real-a-tor
Nuc-u-lar
Ath-a-lete
Joo-ler-y

In all cases there is an "L" next to another consonant. We have difficulty pronouncing both the L and the other consonant together, so we add a vowel sound while we're either getting rid of the L or getting ready for it.

Real-tor
Nuc-le-ar
Ath-lete
Jewel-ry

2 Comments:

  • Great, Sarah!

    Now find a way to explain when to use an apostrophe. I'm so tired of seeing "it's" used as the possessive form. I'm tired of seeing signs saying "The Smith's" when they mean, the whole family (not just The Smith, whoever that is). Not coincidentally, I'm tired of billboards sporting "Commerical" in place of the word "Commercial".

    By Blogger psam, at 3:15 PM  

  • Now I know why Bostonians always after add an 'r;' after certain words like OKLAHOMer
    John Tieso

    By Anonymous John Tieso, at 6:31 AM  

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