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I have wanted to ask this for a long time! Emotion: smile
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http://www.merriam-webster.com/cgi-bin/audio.pl?emoti01c.wav=emoticon

here u can listen to the right pronunciation

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You can listen to the pronounciation here:

http://www.forvo.com/word/emoticon /

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I feel that it should be pronounced ee-mo-shi-con.... only because it's a text face that is expressing emotions, hence the spelling, emoticon. however...ee-mow-ti-con makes sense only by using the word icon....but the English pronunciation of "ti" together justifies ee-mo-shi-con....plus it sounds better, not so much like a stutter =)
AnonymousI feel that it should be pronounced ee-mo-shi-con.... only because it's a text face that is expressing emotions, hence the spelling, emoticon. however...ee-mow-ti-con makes sense only by using the word icon....but the English pronunciation of "ti" together justifies ee-mo-shi-con....plus it sounds better, not so much like a stutter =)
The pronunciation of "emoticon" doesn't depend on how "emotion" is pronounced. Similarly, the pronouncition of "deprivation" doesn't depend upon how ""deprive" is pronounced. In fact, majority ofL2 speakers use this unproductive heuristic.

nation, degradation, ration, emotion, facetious, etc: /t/ is assibilated to /sh/ before i + another vowel in french. English imported this process.

There is no /sh/ sound in "emoticon": e-'MO-ti-,CON
julielaiI have wanted to ask this for a long time!
pronunciation for english - 1st language- speakers is "e (as in eat) mo (as in mow) tee (as in tea) con (as in construct)[Y]
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emot-aykon is the right pronounciation for it.

http://www.writeletters.net/category/application-letter
It is pronounced as "e-mo-ti-kon"

We might have different acsent but even ni wikipedia stated that as how we pronounced.

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For those of you arguing that it should be with a 'sh' sound, solely because the "emot(i)" part it comes from "emotion"... Sorry to burst your bubble, but it's also extremely likely that it comes from the word "emote". And in that case, it would be without the 'sh'. Considering that and the arguement that focuses on the word "icon", I definitely believe that it was meant to be 'ee-mo-ti-kon'. Also, either way, that's just how the vast majority says it, hah. (Until stumbling across this thread, I've only known one person to say it 'ee-mo-shi-kon'. My husband. We argued about it for ten minutes, lol. I won. Emotion: wink)
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Actually the combination of words is emote + icon = emote-icon
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