silent letters (was broadcasters)

sagehen sagehen at SLIC.COM
Thu Aug 10 16:04:01 UTC 2000

 Bob Haas  writes:
>Not for Popeye.  Has anyone out there ever encountered anyone who pronounces
>"iron" with two syllables like the cartoon character?

Has anyone NOT heard AI @RN  ('eye-ern)?  I've heard this pronunciation all
my life, and use it myself.  I've lived in the Pac NW, West Coast, Midwest
& Northeast.
The New Century Dict., Webster's New International,&  OED all give /iron/
two syllables.  (OED leaves out the r sound, of course.)

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