May 18th, 2011


Interesting pronunciation glitch

We all mocked Presidents Carter and Bush for their inability to pronounce "nuclear" correctly. (And Carter was even a nuclear submariner!) Of course, they're hardly alone; the "nucular" club has many members.

What I find interesting is that Tani has developed the opposite problem. "Particular" is pronounced "particlear", "molecular" is "moleclear", and "circular" is "circlear".

I don't think it's hypercorrection, because we generally let the kids work these things out on their own. But I suspect that whatever causes people to conflate the "-cle-ar" and "-cu-lar" patterns has happened with my son, he just happened to learn "nuclear" first.

In any case, I wonder (hey, tahnan, you're the linguist here!) how common that is.