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Afzal

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"The word 'Alistair' or 'ass' is followed by a consonant and the 'a' is still to be pronounced as in 'pat' - so your 'fact' about 'changes the whole thing followed by a consonant' is bunk, ad hoc asininity and a bad piece of analysis."

and more aptly 'bass' is collowed by a consonant yet still can be pronounced 'bays'.

Praestans April 6, 2014, 4:25am

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As far as I (and God) know Alistair (first letter A pronounced as in 'pat') was born in Salford, Lancashire, UK in 1908 and became a U.S. citizen in 1941. He retained an English accent - an RP accent- and knew that the word 'one' rhymes with 'fun' not 'gone'- unlike many regional speakers UK who americanise/RP-ise their accents but still can't say 'wun' - such as eric idle, daniel craig, beatles...

Cooke lamented the fact that the indefinite article had lost its schwa quality and had become alphabetised.

The word 'Alistair' or 'ass' is followed by a consonant and the 'a' is still to be pronounced as in 'pat' - so your 'fact' about 'changes the whole thing followed by a consonant' is bunk, ad hoc asininity and a bad piece of analysis.

Let's be logical. 'a' and 'an' are both indefinite articles. The latter is used before a vowel sound beginning word.

If you wish to emphasise 'an' then it's AN as in 'PAN'.

Why not alphabetise 'an' as 'ay en' as you do with 'a'?

What's even more lamentable (that's pronounced LAMentable incidentally) is that the 'a' alphabetisers are also saying things like 'I'd like AY apple', 'There was AY incident'....

Interestingly enough, when singing - usually in american accents at that, the
full value strong pronunciation of 'a' is as in 'PAT'! e.g. Elvis, 'my way'

#what is A man...what has he got...#


'pretentious illiterate idiot' I take this back and apologise, this was over the mark.


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Praestans April 6, 2014, 3:49am

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the pronunciation of the indefinite article 'a' as in 'say' for emphasis is disastrous, decreid by alistair cooke for instance. The emphatic is to be pronounced as in the sound in 'pat'. just as you wouldn't alphabetise 'an'. But now these illiterates are saying 'Give me ay apple' or 'Ay article'. pretentious idiots!

Afzal April 3, 2014, 5:31pm

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