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Which way is correct?

We speak so many different languages and dialects due to the numerous amount of cultures and races there are in the world. As a result, pronunciation among people from different areas of the world differ.

As you have heard before, some people say "potayto", while others say "potahto". Similarly, some say "tomayto" and others say "tamahto". In this case, I guess either way is correct. However, what happens to words such as zebra? Due to the fact that zebras are indigenous to the African continent, would you agree that it should be pronounced "zebra" and not "zeebra"? I certainly think so. Furthermore, what about the brand Nike? Some pronounce it as "Nikey", which apparently is the correct pronunciation, and if this is the case, I think that this pronunciation should be respected, don't you?

Basically what I am trying to say is, shouldn't we follow the pronunciation of the "owner"?

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AliCanary wrote on April 17, 2015, 4:27 PM

I'm going to give my fellow Americans some credit, because we do, at least, try to honor the original pronunciation of the word, according to the country it is from. English has tons of "borrowed" words, so this is no small feat.

CoralLevang wrote on April 17, 2015, 4:36 PM

I have to say that I have to agree with AliCanary on this one.

And, if we had these hard "rules," regarding language pronunciation, then anyone learning a new language and having an accent would constantly be in violation. We have to remember, too, that we "hear" things differently, and do not have the same ability to pronounce (in some cases) as the native speaker.

cmoneyspinner wrote on April 17, 2015, 5:20 PM

Yeah we should follow the pronunciation of the owner. Unless the owner is dead. That's why don't nobody know how to say all those names in the Bible. :)

peachpurple wrote on April 18, 2015, 7:14 AM

cool pronunciation post. Poh-tay-toe, that is how my teacher taught us and Toh-may-toes, Oh-ner and not ow-ner.