How do you pronounce superlative?

(117 Posts)
SarkyWench Thu 22-Nov-12 19:45:26

I think that ds1 has been taught this incorrectly.

1) super-LAY-tiv (to rhyme with "super native")
or
2) soo-PER-li-tiv

singleWhiteMale Sun 09-Dec-12 23:03:05

There's an awful lot of skoodenfrood on this thread..

AViewfromtheFridge Wed 28-Nov-12 16:33:39

Did anyone hear Steve Wright pronounce epitome epi-tome not once, but twice this afternoon on radio 2? Surely if you're broadcasting to the nation you should check these things!

SarkyWench Mon 26-Nov-12 22:52:06

Is that meth-inks?

chinley Mon 26-Nov-12 22:33:42

Everything should be spelt how it sounds anyway methinks. The world would be a much better place.

chinley Mon 26-Nov-12 22:31:34

I think bANAL sounds better. Bahnaal sounds so poncy!

BOFingTheDude Mon 26-Nov-12 22:07:50

I'm not sure which would be more dispiriting: banal sex or anal sex.

lottiegarbanzo Mon 26-Nov-12 21:55:42

Maybe it's you chinley! It's ban-Ahhl, or more like b-nAhhl.

3b1g Mon 26-Nov-12 21:55:37

Chinley: to rhyme with Carl.

lottiegarbanzo Mon 26-Nov-12 21:54:10

I know someone who pronounces banal thus 3b1g!

Also others who've thought that about misled (and ORrey for awry, as above). I think mizzle is fine, misty drizzle is it not?

chinley Mon 26-Nov-12 21:51:56

3b1g, I still think that! grin

How do you pronounce it then??

I'm notoriously awful when it comes to pronunciation.

bialystockandbloom Mon 26-Nov-12 21:47:50

Sorry austenozzy but pmsl at 'bru-sk-etta' grin

bialystockandbloom Mon 26-Nov-12 21:45:22

Until I was about 18 I thought there was a word mizzled which meant being duped into thinking something erroneous.

Er, oh yes. Pretty similar to the meaning of misled then. blush

3b1g Mon 26-Nov-12 21:41:55

Until I was about 25, I thought that banal was pronounced in a way that rhymed with anal.

chinley Mon 26-Nov-12 21:14:28

Has hyperbole been mentioned yet?

For years I pronounced it HY-per-bowl.

Maryz Sat 24-Nov-12 21:26:20

Oh, dear. Yes, Mon-taaaj

Fuckit. There are no rules. I think what I say is just right though, that would solve it.

austenozzy Sat 24-Nov-12 21:25:57

*other day

austenozzy Sat 24-Nov-12 21:25:24

I had Dermot O'Leary's radio 2 show on the other while on way to the tip (livin' the life!) and he kept flipping between oh-maaaaaaj and hommidge, he couldn't make his mind up!

3b1g Sat 24-Nov-12 21:24:05

What about montage though? I wouldn't pronounce it montidge.

Maryz Sat 24-Nov-12 21:20:51

Oh yes. Homage. Like porridge almost. Not 'om-aaaaj

I say garridge too. Not ge-raaaaaj

I ^hate 'erbs.

My granny was pretentious and anachronistic (though I had to look up anachronistic grin)

austenozzy Sat 24-Nov-12 21:15:55

Just remembered another. Homage. No, it's not 'oh-maaaaaj', it's 'hommidge'.

I was told the 'an hotel' thing is a leftover from when Hs were silent in English, but I don't know if that's a folk etymology. See the american pronunciation of 'herbs' as an example of that. Apart from taking unnecessary effort to say 'an hotel', it just sound pretentious and anachronistic.

Maryz Sat 24-Nov-12 20:37:11

Controversy has the emphasis on the emphatic "o" in the middle, doesn't it?

Mandatory is easy - Man da right-winged politician

See, about Turquoise, yes it's French, and if you were speaking French you would say Wahz. But if you are speaking English, surely you wouldn't? Lots of words are French, but I think it is pretentious (pret-en-tchus) to pronounce them in French. Like my Granny who always said "An h otel" and people who pronounce Helen as Ehl-ehhhhhnn.

austenozzy Sat 24-Nov-12 20:09:47

I can sort of understand the turquoise 'turk-wahz' thing, due to it being a french word. Pronunciation guides seem to suggest an 'oise' as in 'noise' sound, though. What's the official line?

austenozzy Sat 24-Nov-12 20:07:59

My wife gets annoyed when I order or even say bruschetta with the correct 'sk' sound in the middle (minus the rolling r, as that would be pompous!). She reckons I sound like a pillock, but I can't bring myself to call it 'brooshetta', so there!

vamosbebe Sat 24-Nov-12 19:47:20

Met a fellow English teacher years ago who pronounced apostrophe as 'apo-STROW-fee', and I've heard turqoise as 'tor-kwars'. I must admit I LOVE playing with the pronunciation of words, especially with DH, and say 'apo-stow-fee' and 'tor-kwars' a lot. smile We especially love the character in the first season of Scrubs: Dr Beardface who pronounced his name 'beard-fah-say'. We're childish smile

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