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October 22, 2021

Ragtag Daily Prompt for today is CONFERENCE.

I don’t have much to say about the word ‘conference‘ other than it made me think of different types of speech and three syllable words that are spoken as only two syllable words. I think technically (or technicly) they’re called ‘silent syllables’, but for something a little snazzier, we could call this phenomenon invisyllables.

So the prompt word, conference, has three syllables: con-fer-ence. I live in the Upper Midwest of the grand old USA and pronounce the word con-frence. So if I were on my way to a conference and someone said, “Hey, man, where are you going?”, I’d say, “Oh, hi there, I’m going to a confrence. You betcha!” I stress the first syllable of the word correctly, but I murder and silently dispose of and bury half of the second syllable.

Know what else? I also pronounce badminton and Wednesday as badmitten and Wensday, but I think a lot of other people do that as well so it’s not just an Upper Midwest of the grand old USA thing. Thinking about it now I don’t think I’ve heard a person say the ‘nes‘ in Wednesday or the ‘min‘ in badminton. Seems a waste of ink, lead and finger strength to write them.

I do pronounce restaurant correctly, but comfortable for me is comfterble.

Family and separate – sometimes family and separate go very well together – come in for me with three syllables each. There are other words that will probly come to mind later.

I pronounced donuts with choklat frosting as “Mmmm, yes!” because they are one of my favrits.

Thanks for letting me bore you.

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  1. October 22, 2021 11:33 am


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  2. October 22, 2021 11:44 am

    This was fun! I pronounce family without the ‘i’—it’s just famly. Down here, they pretty much murder the English language. New Jersey, where I am from, has perfect diction, you know.😉 So when I moved to Florida and someone asked me for a pin, I asked what kind, ‘straight or safety?’ By the look, I realized we were not talking about the same thing. They wanted a pin–an ink pin. You mean ink PEN? ‘invisyllables’–oh, how I love that word!

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  3. October 23, 2021 7:19 am

    I watched The Sopranos and Clerks and I’m a Springsteen fan so I know all about New Jersey!

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    • October 23, 2021 7:46 am

      My Italian uncles were saying ‘badda bing, badda boom’ way before The Sopranos! 😆


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