English words beginning with <j> pronounced [Z]?

David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Fri Jan 25 15:46:52 UTC 2008

From:    Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>


> Don't y'all find the pronunciation of the final /e/ in "Jeanne" at
> all, let alone as /i/, somewhat odd?

Well, i've known Jeanne [dZi.ni] for better than 15 years, and i *still*
find it odd.

Apparently a number of other people do, too--she often gets [dZin] as
the reading pronunciation of her name, but interestingly [dZi.An] seems
to be more common.

David Bowie                               University of Central Florida
     Jeanne's Two Laws of Chocolate: If there is no chocolate in the
     house, there is too little; some must be purchased. If there is
     chocolate in the house, there is too much; it must be consumed.

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