[Ads-l] s-dropping specifically

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 16 14:57:19 EST 2017


> _Neither_ Wiktionary _or_ the Oxford Living Dictionaries provide an
advisory on this word.

I'm a _not ... or_  - as opposed to a _not ... nor_ - speaker, but,
nevertheless, _neither ... or_ strikes me as "not proper" and is new to me.

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 1:12 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
wrote:

> A friend forwarded me a link to a "That Mitchell and Webb Look” sketch
> that’s titled on YouTube as “Grammar Nazi.”
>
> The boss shoots a woman for pronouncing “specifically" without an initial
> “s” sound. Her pronunciation went right past me, whether because it sounded
> normal or because I just missed it, I don’t know.
>
> Neither Wiktionary or the Oxford Living Dictionaries provide an advisory
> on this word.
>
> At https://www.davidgagne.net/2002/03/18/how-to-pronounce-the-word-height/
> <https://www.davidgagne.net/2002/03/18/how-to-pronounce-the-word-height/>,
> Azurede is concerned that his former supervisor has a degree in education
> and might be teaching people to pronounce “specifically” without the “s”
> sound.
>
> I thought this might just be a UK thing, but an English Outside the Box
> entry (https://jenesl760.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/mispronounced-words/ <
> https://jenesl760.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/mispronounced-words/>)
> includes “specifically” as a word to watch for, and the speaker has an
> American accent. In the video, it’s covered starting about 2:50 in.
>
> Seems like a mountain from a molehill to me.
>
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
>
>
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