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Since at least the midth century the anglicized NICH has been preferred in cultivated speech. Need I say more? The latter is eccentric, the former is pseudo-French, and both are best avoided.
NISH, which arose sometime in the 19th century, was stigmatized by Ayres and Opdycke and ignored by other authorities. In an American speaker, nah tuh tall for not at all is a preposterous pretense that only the most egregious Anglophile would affect.
This absurd pronunciation is excusable in old Hollywood movies, in which fake upper-crust accents were de rigueur q. Nuclear N Y OO-klee-ur. In his introduction to the fourth edition of the NBC Handbook of Pronunciationveteran broadcaster and language commentator Edwin Newman remarks that when the nuclear age began in Augustso did the nucular age.
Ever since nuclear entered the national vocabulary a hundred years after entering in the s it has been mispronounced by millions of educated and otherwise careful speakers, including scientists, lawyers, professors, and presidents of the United States.
According to Newman, Dwight D. I choose to believe that anyone in the possession of physiologically normal organs of speech and at least half a brain is capable of pronouncing nuclear correctly. This error is one of the ear and eye more than the tongue, and it has persisted not because it is too difficult for some to say N Y OO-klee-ur but because they do not heed the spelling and hear the difference between the proper and improper pronunciations—which brings us to the matter of correction.
Those who do hear the mispronunciation and who say the word right still a substantial majority of us, I think are understandably reluctant to correct those who do not.
But who else feels comfortable correcting the pronunciation of anyone but a child without being asked to do so? It is a tricky matter even to correct family members and friends, and so with a neighbor, acquaintance, or coworker, most of us will not—and should not—presume to offer an unsolicited opinion.
When I began writing this book nearly every person with whom I discussed its contents asked and in some cases implored me to decry. On behalf of the indeterminate many who pronounce the word correctly, then, I appeal to the inadvertent many who do not: Molecular comes from molecule, and particular comes from particle, but there is no nucule to support nucular.
Nuclear comes from nucleus—N Y OO-klee-us—which is almost never mispronounced. If you can say nucleus and you can nuke the informal verb meaning to attack with nuclear weapons or, humorously, to microwavethen the proper pronunciation of nuclear is but a suffix away.
Also see artic, cupola, diminution, February, irrelevant, jewelry, Realtor. The ob- in obscure is properly pronounced like ab- in about. Lately there has been a tendency among educated speakers to overpronounce this unstressed ob- and say ahb-SKYUUR ahb- rhyming with slob.
This overly audible ob- is fastidious to a fault and unnecessary. This is an overpronunciation. See oblique, occasion, occult, occur, opinion. Do not pronounce the t. No pronouncing dictionary with a reputation to lose ever sounds the t in these words. Common use of a spelling pronunciation has since restored the t for many speakers, and today [AWF-in] and [AWF-tin]…exist side by side.
What is going on here? After two hundred years of censure, has the t in often scratched and clawed its way back into acceptability?
I would caution those who might be consoled by the comments of Random House II and Burchfield to heed the admonitions of the past and avoid pronouncing the t.
Current dictionaries, including Random House II, do not give priority to AWF-tin, and it is much less common in educated speech and far more often disapproved of by cultivated speakers—particularly teachers of English, drama, and speech—than Random House II makes it appear.
As if that were not enough, analogy is entirely unsupportive: Do not say PAR-en-tul. In parent both the noun and the relatively new verb the accent is on the first syllable, but in parental it shifts to the second.educated guess, guess, thesis, supposition, theory.
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