WINS anchors mispronouncing words
Mon Sep 3 23:08:22 EDT 2012
<<On Sun, 02 Sep 2012 22:28:50 -0400, A Joseph Ross <email@example.com> said:
> I wonder if it's a difference in regional pronunciation. Is "nukular" a
> standard Southern pronunciation?
Not necessarily. My dictionary doesn't give it as an alternative
pronunciation, but the OED has the following note:
: The colloquial pronunciation Brit. /?nju?kj?l?/ , U.S.
: /?n(j)ukj?l?r/ (freq. rendered in written form as nucular ; compare
: nucular adj.2) has been criticized in usage guides since at least
: the mid 20th cent. (see for example Webster (1961) at cited word),
: although it is now commonly given as a variant in modern
: dictionaries. See Webster's Dict. Eng. Usage (1989) 673/1 for a
: discussion of possible origins of the pronunciation.
It's simply a very common nonstandard pronunciation. It's common
enough that it can't legitimately be described as "wrong", but it's
certainly the wrong *register* for something that claims to be a
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