Hello there,

I'm a new immigrant to the U.S. I have noticed some people from work pronouncing the word Button differently.

They would pronounce Button as buh-Inn. My question is, am I hearing them correctly, do Americans tend to pronounce this word like that ? and if yes, is it right to pronounce Bottom buh-Om and Gotten guh-Inn ? if not, could you please tell me how you would pronounce them.

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Ugh, it makes me cringe to hear those words said without the "tt" sound in the middle. Yes, a lot of people do drop them, but it is not correct. It is lazy slang to drop them. Not a good habit to get into.

I would say "but-en" with the enphasis on the first syllable. Similarly with the other two you mention.
No! It's not sloppy! It's actually advisable to pronounce BUTTON that way in American English, since it seems to be the most common way to pronounce the pair NT. And the same goes for similar words: sentence, mountain, cotton, etc.
The T and the N are pronounced together, and you don't drop the tip of your tongue after you say T, but you keep it there and pronounce the N right away. To be more precise, the T turns into a glottal stop.
I don't know what happens to those T's in Australian English... they're probably pronounced "normally", seeing that Jeannie cringes at the American way of pronouncing them. Emotion: wink
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AnonymousThey would pronounce Button as buh-Inn.
That's not a bad description of it.

When you have a stressed vowel followed by syllable-final t followed by any vowel and then n, the t is "unreleased t" -- you place your mouth in position for the t and start but do not complete the sound -- followed by syllabic n -- that is, an n sound without any vowel in front of it.

kitten, mitten, cotton, gotten, button, bitten, Latin, satin, glutton, fatten, rotten, gelatinous, scrutiny, mutiny

The same happens when r intervenes, thus:

carton, Horton, Burton, certain, curtain, Martin

And the same can happen (optionally) when n intervenes, thus:

mountain, fountain

OK I will concede for American English. All the examples mentioned, our correct English is to sound the t. I know the Americans have changed a lot of English for themselves, but I was not aware of them dropping the t's. Nor is it in my text books.
This is an interesting subject. I noticed that some Americans and Britains alike would say it the contracted way.

Language in general, English in particular, is constantly evolving. The British have always said that American English is non-standard, but the Hollywood-dominated media is telling a different story. If enough people are using the contracted way, sooner or later it is going to become the new standard. That's how "google", "xerox", "downsizing", etc., became accepted English words.
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If you look up these words in the online webster dictionary and click on the audio button, you will hear the "shortened" pronounciation. In other words, it has become standard American English.

This may help.


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I have noticed this within the last decade or so also. Mostly with people around 30 and younger. Does it stem fron the hip-hop culture?
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