nucular and Latino

hstahlke at ATT.NET hstahlke at ATT.NET
Wed Nov 14 13:21:51 UTC 2001

One possibility is that the cluster [klj], as in
['nuklj at r] is rare in English unstressed syllables
whereas there are plenty of models for [kj at l@r], as in
particular, secular, etc.  So we tend to go on the
analogy of the familiar.  So goes language change.
Maybe one day spelling will catch up.

Herb Stahlke
Ball State University

> I also have a question about pronouncing nuclear as if it were pronounced
> "nucular." George W. Bush says nucular. Eisenhower used to say nucular. How
> about other presidents? How common is this pronunciation?
> Paul
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