Heard on NOVA:

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Thu Jul 28 06:36:05 UTC 2011

I'll use both /k/ sounds in more formal speech, but it's not my natural pronunciation.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

On Jul 27, 2011, at 11:32 PM, Jocelyn Limpert wrote:

> I totally agree with you and learned the same pronunciation as you,
> pronouncing the initial "c" and not dropping it. These days I am forever
> hearing TV newspeople and others dropping the initial "c" sound in both
> Arctic and Antarctic. It bothers me, as to my ear it sounds "wrong"!
> On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 9:30 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> "It's thirty degrees, it's snowing, and we're in the Arctic [ar.tIk]."
>> The pronunciation that I was specifically taught to use ca. 1945 - as
>> opposed to the "spelling-pronunciation," [arktIk] - still lives.
>> You never know.

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