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Old 08-20-2005, 12:56 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by The Z
Even now, years later, I pronounce certain words or use language differently than others with whom I work or socialize. I'm just never sure anymore how to pronounce certain words - - as both are technically correct.
I can certainly relate Z. Years ago when holidaying in California, the topic came up with the different cars in our respective countries. Our host was telling us how much she loved the new 'sillycars', and wanted to save up for one. Had no idea what car she was referring to. When we were out and about, she pointed one out to us. She was talking about a Toyota Celica!

US pronounciation - Sillycar
Aussie pronounciation - Cell-ee-ca

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Old 08-20-2005, 02:45 AM   #12
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We lived in Darwin for over a year and there were people from all over Australia. Even though we basically all had the same accent different words were used in different states. We say cossies or swimmers for swimming costumes and SA and VIC say bathers. When I went to Adelaide i had to learn to say Fritz for devon!
The US seems to have developed very different accents between states and dialects as well. We could invent a world English dictionary!

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Old 08-20-2005, 11:06 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by aussie girl
US pronounciation - Sillycar
Aussie pronounciation - Cell-ee-ca
US = NEEE-sahn
Oz = Nissan

US = LEE-zhur
Oz = Lehh-zhur (I mess this one up all the time)

(I got pretty used to Cel-EE-ca, too and have 'mispronounced' it many times here)

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