Why are there two different pronunciation for the word 'Wednesday'? Which is the standard pronunciation of 'Wednesday'?




Context changes the pronunciation.

Remember, we are meeting on Wednesday. (first pronunciation)
Remember, we are meeting Wednesday after work. (second pronunciation)


Why are there two different pronunciation for the word 'Wednesday'?

It's because two pronunciations are considered correct.

sundarnazWhich is the standard pronunciation of 'Wednesday'?

They are both standard, but dictionaries usually list the more used form first.

Personally, I never use the second pronunciation.


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You mean when the name of a day comes at the end of a sentence it's pronounced as 'ei' otherwise as 'di'. Right?

In BrE it's just a matter of dialect/personal preference/habit. Some people pronounce the final syllable as a "day" sound, others as a "dee" sound. There's a slight difference on the first syllable, but it's virtually inaudible.

There may for some people be a slight shortening of the vowel sound in the last syllable when it is followed by another word, as in "I'll see you on Wednesday (week)", but the difference is subtle and not consistent among all speakers.

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sundarnazWhy are there two different pronunciation for the word 'Wednesday'?

It also happens with pronunciations of other week days. Put simply, pronunciations that end in dee are a variation among individuals or dialects. If you use the pronunciation that ends in day that is standard and you should be understood.

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