Every-day pronunciation 1918 English Learning Free PDF book (10000 Words)

Every-day pronunciation 1918 English Learning Free PDF book by Robert Palfrey Utter 

Every-day pronunciation 1918 English Learning

Excerpt from the author's introduction
The object of this book, then, is to indicate a pronunciation of each word listed that would in most walks of society pass without challenge, that if challenged can be defended as widely acceptable among good speakers. For such pronunciations, I do not claim authority, but merely common-sense, experience, and access to the records such as they are.


 I have included approximately ten thousand words, most of them in our every-day vocabulary; some that are more or less technical, that is, words of every-day use to limited numbers of speakers; current foreign words and phrases, including such help as I could get on the sounds of proper names and other words that have become current since the outbreak of the present war. I have included a limited vocabulary of Scotch words, not, of course, with the expectation of turning any Yankee into a complete Scot, but with the hope of lowering a little the barrier that too often stands between Americans and the enjoyment of Scottish poetry. I have included a list, which I hope is large enough to be useful, of names from the literature of real and fictitious persons and places. All these are in a single list, alphabetically arranged from beginning to end.


 It is supposed to be inclusive enough for every-day needs — ^for really unusual words, there are the dictionaries and other sources of information —yet not so large in all cases, I have tried to represent sound American usage; British usage is specifically indicated as such where it is shown. In no case have I shown an incorrect or undesirable pronunciation, not even to justify my inclusion of a word. If a reader does not see how one or another of these words could possibly be mispronounced, let him rejoice and pass on, secure in the belief that ''what he doesn't know won't hurt him."

A colleague asked me why I included the name Belknap; nobody, he declared, could possibly go wrong on it. I included it because I had asked a bearer of the name whether anyone ever mispronounced it. "Yes," he replied, ''It is mispronounced in fifty different ways."



Author: Robert Palfrey Utter
 Publication Date:1918
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