[Ads-l] aerate - epenthetic vowel

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 18 14:49:20 UTC 2021

In series nine of “The Great British Bake Off,” Paul Hollywood pronounced “aerate” with an extra vowel after the r at least three times: 'er i eit. He says it distinctly. One such instance was in the finale episode during the judging. 

I don’t see this pronunciation on the OED, Lexico, or Merriam-Webster.

He’s from Cheshire, England (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Hollywood <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Hollywood>).

Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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