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Do you pronounce "interesting" with three syllables or four?

  1. Three

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  2. Four

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  3. Other, because I'm a rebel

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  1. Lea`Brooks

    Lea`Brooks Contributor Contributor

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    How do you pronounce this word?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Lea`Brooks, Apr 9, 2016.

    I put this in the lounge because it isn't a writing question. It's more of a general wonderment. :)

    How do you pronounce interesting? With three syllables (in-tres-ting) or with four (in-ter-est-ing)?

    I pronounce it with four, and sometimes I annoy myself with it. Everyone I know pronounces it with three, so I feel weird or abnormal. I'd love to pronounce it with three! But it's become such a habit, I just can't break it.

    So which do you do? :D
     
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  2. SethLoki

    SethLoki Retired Autodidact Contributor

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    I think you might have missed a trick; ask not only how to pronounce it, but also where the respondent is from... I've heard the four syllable version used a lot by folks based in the Dallas area of the US. I'm interested to know now if this is the source and want it confirmed! :)
     
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  3. Cave Troll

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    It can be either 3 or 4, depends on how much effort I want to put into it. Though technically it is 4. :p
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man or BayView

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    Three in general conversation.

    Four when it's code for "that's complete shit." E.g.:

    Someone: "Did you know chemtrails are poisoning us all?"
    Me: "In-ter-est-ing."
     
  5. Cave Troll

    Cave Troll It's Coffee O'clock everywhere. Contributor

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    Epic! :superlaugh:
     
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    Wreybies Thrice Retired Supporter Contributor

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    Damn! Beat me to it! :-D Yes, what @Tenderiser said. :agreed:
     
  7. Lea`Brooks

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    Now I feel even more weird. :cry:
     
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  8. Cave Troll

    Cave Troll It's Coffee O'clock everywhere. Contributor

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    It's ok. I still like you. :)

    Besides, being weird is not so bad. It's those normal people you gotta watch out for. :superlaugh:
     
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    God, Chemtrash. (Shudder)
     
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    Three I'm afraid.
     
  11. zoupskim

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    I pronounce it in- ter-est-ing as opposed to int-rest-ing.
     
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  12. Oscar Leigh

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    HERETIC! FREAK! :p:p
     
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  13. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    100% agreement with @Tenderiser (damn it!)

    If I pronounce all four syllables it's because I'm trying to make a point.

    But I'm generally a pretty sloppy speaker. Too fast, too garbled. I want words to keep up with my brain, and apparently I refuse to accept that they don't. So any syllables I could possibly lose, I lose.
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man or BayView

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    I bet you don't pronounce "woman" and "women" with ONE syllable, like I do. I develop a highly specific speech impediment whenever those words come up.
     
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  15. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    I say "animals" 50% of the time and "aminals" the other 50%. My nephew, as a toddler, said "aminals" and apparently my brain decided it was an excellent idea. My nephew is now driving, but I'm still saying "aminals" far too often.

    Stupid brain.

    ETA: What's the syllable you pronounce? Wan and Wen?
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man or BayView

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    Aminals is cute. :D

    All the letters kind of slur together into one mumbling sound like wmn.
     
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  17. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    You need to buy a vowel.

    ETA: Or, really, two!
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man or BayView

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    My tongue is a super-feminist that refuses to acknowledge men have any place in wmn.
     
  19. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    And/or your tongue is an unfortunate ruffian which grunts instead of speaking!

    (Please read the above in a posh accent. I don't know which one. The posh-i-est.)
     
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    :superlaugh:
     
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    "Pronounce the word the way God intended it to be, or every waking moment for you will become a swirling torrent of PAIN AND MISERY!"
     
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  22. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    Also good!

    Less posh, more passion!
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man or BayView

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    Mispronunciation makes the baby Jesus cry.
     
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  24. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    Is that Gee-zus or Hay-soos?
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man or BayView

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    It's Jesus as in "JESUS CHRIST THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CHEMTRAILS YOU COCKWOMBLE!"
     
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