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its definatly emosh-icon. (emotion = emoshion) + (icon = icon) = emoshicon! end of story!
Hello everyone,

The standard British (RP) pronunciation is: /I'moutIkon/, whereas the General American pronunciation is /I'moudiKa:n/.

I am very sorry for the clumsy 'phonetics' I've used. As you can see, I haven't yet figured out how to type IPA characters.

ou = the diphthong found in most, cold, home, etc. The realisation of this diphthong is slightly different in RP vs General American pronunciation.

d = flapped /t/

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I would pronounce it as [ imotikAn ]. (ee-moh-tee-kahn). (In my particular dialect "o" is generally a monophthong)
>> whereas the General American pronunciation is /I'moudiKa:n/. d = flapped /t/<<

Interesting. I would say it with a [ t ] rather than an alveolar flap. I think it's one of those words in which the /t/ is pronounced as spelt. Perhaps because it is such an uncommon word, or maybe the stress. For example, I would say "atom" as [ æ[email protected] ] , but "atomic" as [ @tOmIk_} ] . Since I think of the word emoticon to be composed of not "emotion" and "icon", but rather "emote" + "icon", I would be unlikely to flap the t. Also, I most definitely wouldn't use [ I ] , as the first vowel, if by [ I ] you mean a lax vowel. I would use [ i ] , or perhaps [ @ ] , but never a lax [ I ] . Also, General American doesn't even have the [ a ] vowel. [ a ] is used for speakers with the California vowel shift that are saying /æ/, and for people with the Northern cities vowel shift saying /A/. Also, you marked in vowel length: /a:/. In North American dialects, unlike British English dialects, vowel length is determined by the consonants following the vowel, and is not an intrinsic property of the vowel itself: e.g. [ a ] and [ a: ] are allophones of the same vowel, and would not affect the meaning, so since you are using / / notation, you can't mark in the vowel length.

i have also been wanting to know, and always called them 'eemo-sh-kon', ive been told its 'emote-ikon', but that doesnt seem to make sense or sound right.

'eemo-sh-kon' is THEway to prenounce it, and yes, end-of-story! Emotion: big smile
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