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Okay, which is the correct pronunciation? Washington or Warshington?

Asked by john65pennington (29192points) May 1st, 2011

Do some of the best television announcers pronounce words incorrectly that are not in the dictionary, like Warshington, D.C. and checkerd flag? You would think these people, in this business, would know the correct pronounciation of these two major words. Question: is it improper to pronunce these two words in this fashion, or are they acceptable in todays world of the slaughtered English language?

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Mikewlf337's avatar

warshington, warsh, and warsher, are not the correct pronunciations of those words. Some people pronounce them like that from source of habit. I know a few people who talk like that. It doesn’t bother me. Kind of like how some people say potato and tomato.

marinelife's avatar

There is no R in Washington, and it is incorrect pronunciation to add an R sound.

tedibear's avatar

Washington, not Warshington, is, in my opinion, the correct pronunciation for a television announcer to use. I prefer them to sound more generic than not. Otherwise, I think that the added “R” maybe be a regional dialect of some sort. I can’t pinpoint where though, as I’ve heard it in a variety of areas.

ragingloli's avatar

“Warshington” seems to be quite fitting in modern times :P

WasCy's avatar

Apart from the misspelling you show, what’s wrong with “checkered” flags? That’s a proper description.

Dutchess_III's avatar

To that end…..“Arkansas” should NOT be pronounced “ArkansSAW.”

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Warshington is technically incorrect, but Brits often have r sounds in their a’s. Not quite sure what’s wrong with checkered, though.

@Dutchess_III So then how should it be pronounced?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Another one: Is it (Vincent) van Go, or van Gof?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Like the state of Kansas, only with an “Ar” in front of it.

DominicX's avatar

Depends on where you live. Adding an /r/ sound in words like “wash” is a feature of some dialects of English. If these news reporters were from an area where that dialect is spoken, it’s no wonder they would pronounce it that way.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@DominicX But as professional speakers they need to hone their speaking skills. My Dad was from Texas. As an adult, moving up the Boeing corporate ladder, he worked hard to smooth out his Texas drawl, because the drawl gave an impression of him that would have been incorrect.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Dutchess_III Because there’s an impression that Texans are idiots, not because Midwestern accents are inherently more correct. Brits invented the language; they generally can do whatever they want with it even if they’re technically wrong.

OED says the correct pronunciation of Arkansas can also be “Ah-kan-sor”. Websters says it’s “ahr-kuhn-saw”. The Kansas with an Ar seems to apply only to the river, not the state.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs And that’s why he wanted to drop the accent. Same for people who are raised saying things like “She’s went…” They sound ignorant even if they’re not.

Pretty sure that Kansas is the only place that calls the Arkansas river the Arkansas river, without the W. People from out of state always want to correct us when we refer to our river, and we just shake our heads.

My point is, if you go off of the spelling, there is no W in Arkansas, and there is no “or” sound in it either, according to the spelling. Just like there is no R in Washington.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Dutchess_III But since when is English a phonetic language?

Dutchess_III's avatar

For the most part, it is. You run into exceptions, especially with our borrowed Olde English words like “Through,” and “Though.” However, those words were originally pronounced with the “gh” sound being part of how it was said. We changed that. But for the most part, English is a phonetic language, which is why it was really, really stupid when the had the idea to quit teaching kids to read using phonic.

We can’t just throw in sounds that aren’t there!

Dutchess_III's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs Actually, I do know where the pronunciation came from. Both states are named after the Kansa Indians who lived ‘round here. When I see ‘Kansa,” I think “Kans-uh.” However, I can see how it could easily be read as “Kans-ah.” So..BUT when they went and stuck an S on the end it changed everything. Don’t know why they did that.

dxs's avatar

It seems similar how people add r to things like the word “idea”. It turns to “idear”. It’s definitely “Washington”, unless someone forgot to put an “r” in the written records…

AmWiser's avatar

Listen here :-)

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