[Ads-l] prerogative

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 16 13:50:58 EST 2017


The Oxford Dictionaries (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/prerogative <https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/prerogative>) say that “prerogative” starts out with a /pr/ sound.

Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/prerogative <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/prerogative>) gives also /pə/ as a pronunciation, which is the way I pronounce the word.

Ernie Halter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfR4bvTzBck <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfR4bvTzBck>)
Britney Spears (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIOH8Trfas4 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIOH8Trfas4>) and
Bobby Brown (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cDLZqe735k <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cDLZqe735k>) 

all use the /pə/ sound in the song “My Prerogative”.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA


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