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Do you pronounce the T in 'often'?

Old 02-23-05, 11:49 PM
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Do you pronounce the T in 'often'?

I certainly do. Silent consonants are a bitch.
Old 02-23-05, 11:55 PM
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dumbest thread in the entire universe.


no twikoff option = banned.
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not very offin
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Of course I do.

On that note, I also pronounce the first "r" in library.
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yeah, but not pronouncing that r is considered wrong.
Now, a true question of manlihood is, do you pronounce the first r 'february'? Only girly-men like Neville Chamberlain don't. Real men like me and John Wayne say it properly.
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Originally Posted by natevines
yeah, but not pronouncing that r is considered wrong.
Not if you are 12 and have no front teeth (see: "teef").
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not very offen
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Rarely do I pronounce the t sound in often, usually in a formal setting.
No first r sound in February.
Both r sounds in Library.

How do you pronounce library? Does the ending rhyme with marry or hurry? Webster has the default pronunciation rhyming with marry. But I almost always hear people saying it rhyme with hurry.
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I do. Oddly enough, I hate it when people say 'comfortable' the right way.

COMFTERBLE...that's how I say it, dammit.
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The main pronunciation for comfortable according to Webster:
'k&m(p)(f)-t&(r)-b&l

Also:
'k&m(p)-f&(r)-t&-b&l
'k&m-f&(r)-b&l

So many optional consonant sounds. I pronounce it COMFTEBLE ('k&mf-t&-b&l).
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Heh, Tarantino, I HATE 'comfterble'. When it's 'comftable' without that R, it's a little better, then it's just skipping a syllable. 'Comfterble', on the other hand, skips the second syllable but retains its R and moves it to the 3rd syllable. No, 'COMF-ER-TE-BLE' is clearly the best option!
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Originally Posted by skiblet
dumbest thread in the entire universe.


no twikoff option = banned.
Just to be safe, I never pronounce "t's" For example, skiblet's name, when pronounced by me is skib-lay

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uh, yea
people dont pronounce the t?
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Originally Posted by twikoff
uh, yea
people dont pronounce the t?
Yeah, odd, ain't it? Not pronouncing the 't' in 'often' and mental retardation are one in the same.

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Offen (silent 't'), like "soften" or "listen" or "hasten" or "castle"
February - the 'r' isn't silent, so I pronounce it, although I frequently call it "Febtober"
Library - rhymes with Marry and has two r's, just like "February"
Comfortable - 4 syllables

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Not pronouncing the "t" is preferred by most, if not all, dictionaries. When I was growing up so very long ago, we were taught to say "offen" and I virtually never heard the "t" pronounced. As time went by I heard the "t" pronounced more and more. I chalk it up to one more instance of people using the wrong pronunciation so "often" that the wrong way becomes acceptable.

This site doesn't accept pronouncing the "t" at all:

http://www.yourdictionary.com/library/mispron.html

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Pretty cool site, but I disagree about often.
Still though, a lot of my pet peeves are on there (jewelry, clothes, etc)
And I never knew the thing about 'long-lived'. Very interesting.
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I used to, but then I realized it was incorrect.

To me now, pronouncing the "t" in "often" seems just like pronouncing the "g" in "enough".
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natevines

Pretty cool site, but I disagree about often.
I suppose you pronounce the "t" in "listen" as well?

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No, but I suppose you don't pronounce the 't' in 'Boston'?
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Don't forget Sonny Liston.
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yep.....
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The vote is almost 50-50 right now. I'd guess the "t" pronouncers tend to be younger.
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movielib

Don't forget Sonny Liston.
Or Tom Poston.

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Originally Posted by namja
The main pronunciation for comfortable according to Webster:
'k&m(p)(f)-t&(r)-b&l

Also:
'k&m(p)-f&(r)-t&-b&l
<b>'k&m-f&(r)-b&l</b>
Doesn't the last one seem strange? "Comforble?" Does <i>anyone</i> say it that way?

I think that pronouncing the "t" in "often," much like pronouncing "comfortable" as written, makes you sound pretentious.

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