Grand High Supreme and Mighty Empress Connie (conuly) wrote in linguaphiles,
Grand High Supreme and Mighty Empress Connie
conuly
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As you probably recall, recently we had a post or two by Canadians

who needed real convincing that "I'm done the homework" is, in fact, a regionalism. All I really learned is some people talk funny but don't realize it :)

Recently I posted in my journal a commentary about the spelling of the word "suggest". This segued into a discussion on the pronunciation of the word "suggest", and I'm beginning to suspect that I may be one of those people who talk funny but don't realize it! OH NO!!! (Of course, like all people, I think the more obviously correct answer is that I speak normally and everybody else deviates from the one true correct way to speak, but it's not polite to say that aloud, is it? ^.^)

Before we go further, take a minute to say the word "suggest" a few times.

Poll #1819635 How do you say "suggest"?

If you're a native speaker

I say it "sug jest", with a g as in girl
61(35.1%)
I say it "sug jest", but that first g makes a different sound
15(8.6%)
I say it "suj jest" or "suh jest"
93(53.4%)
I say it some other way
4(2.3%)
I never, ever use this word
1(0.6%)

If you're not a native speaker

I say it "sug jest", with a g as in girl
2(4.0%)
I say it "sug jest", but that first g makes a different sound
2(4.0%)
I say it "suj jest" or "suh jest"
45(90.0%)
I say it some other way
0(0.0%)
I never, ever use this word
1(2.0%)

Since the two main pronunciations seem to be "sug jest" and "suh jest", if you say "sug jest"

I have heard it the other way
71(74.7%)
I have never heard it the other way
24(25.3%)

And if you say "suh jest"

I have heard it the other way
44(32.4%)
I have never heard it the other way
92(67.6%)


Please comment with more information, including where you're from. (I despair of getting all possible English-speaking countries in a poll, so I didn't bother.)
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