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How do you say nuclear?
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Zenia    Posted 02-03-2005 at 19:33:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow. This is interesting...

Main Entry: nu·cle·ar
Pronunciation: 'nü-klE-&r, 'nyü-, ÷-ky&-l&r
Function: adjective
1 : of, relating to, or constituting a nucleus
2 a : of or relating to the atomic nucleus b : used in or produced by a nuclear reaction (as fission) c (1) : being a weapon whose destructive power derives from an uncontrolled nuclear reaction (2) : of, produced by, or involving nuclear weapons (3) : armed with nuclear weapons d : of, relating to, or powered by nuclear energy usage

Though disapproved of by many, pronunciations ending in \-ky&-l&r\ have been found in widespread use among educated speakers including scientists, lawyers, professors, congressmen, U.S. cabinet members, and at least one U.S. president and one vice president. While most common in the U.S., these pronunciations have also been heard from British and Canadian speakers.


bob ny    Posted 02-04-2005 at 06:21:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
haz--or--dous


deadcarp    Posted 02-03-2005 at 21:52:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
we say it "nu-clear" just like it's spelled. it's not "nu-keiller" and any such misuse is another weapon of mass deception! :)


Sid    Posted 02-03-2005 at 22:09:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I always thought it was nuke lure.


Judy in NC    Posted 02-03-2005 at 20:24:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It is. We homeschool - have been for about 20 years now and it has been interesting the changes I have seen in the English language just during that time, as well as during the rest of my life. (I guess I've just taken more note of detail during that time.)

Out of curiosity I checked my dictionaries that we use (none of them purchased in the last several years).

ALL of them show the old pronunciation ONLY. I'm not sure when the latter pronunciation shown in the Webster's reference became "acceptable", but I would venture to guess within the last 8-10 years, and I would also venture to guess it "became acceptable" because mispronunciation became so common.

I am willing to stand corrected, but to me these sort of changes are a weakening of our language distinctiveness, and I don't particularly care for them, personally.

Thanks for sharing your observation - it was interesting.

Judy in NC


I think    Posted 02-03-2005 at 22:17:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
it is pronounced new-q-ler.


SusieQ    Posted 02-04-2005 at 03:12:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is how we have always pronounced the word too.


steve in in    Posted 02-04-2005 at 06:13:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I pronounce it nu - clee - er. Am I wrong?


Judy in NC    Posted 02-04-2005 at 07:49:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
No, that's the "correct" pronunciation.


Jet9N    Posted 02-04-2005 at 12:40:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
The other one that gets me is how "harRASSment" became "HARrassment".

Jet


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