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Hi everybody,,,

I think you are right about this word (( Particularly )),

I always try to pronounce it correctly

but I fail in every time.. and I always wonder when I hear it from my teacher and ask

myself: How could she do it !! Emotion: indifferent

and I liked your story , Colombo .. Amsterdam hah!! Emotion: big smile

I remembered myself one day when I was presenting my show and trying to pronounce a name of city

(( I don't remember it right now )) .. anyway when I said it .. I said that (( I am not sure if it is the right pronunciation))

but I didn't know how to pronounce (( pronunciation)) !! so I felt embarrassingEmotion: embarrassed and I couldn't complete my presentation

directly and started laughing .. and so did the whole group and the teacher too!! Emotion: stick out tongue

My regards:

BlueBird ^_^
CalifJim:
"Americans have difficulty pronouncing nuclear and realtor correctly."

They don't have difficulty with those words, they just pronounce them differently.
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I've only heard Americans say 'nucular'. So where is the second 'u' in nuclear then?

Weirdly enough I have real trouble with the word 'swimming'. I just can't get the sw part out properly even though I'm fine with other sw words. I try to avoid saying it, which is difficult as it's the only sport/excercise I do these days.Emotion: embarrassed
Alienvoord,

That was the euphemistic use of "have difficulty", as when we say I have difficulty agreeing with you to mean I don't agree with you.Emotion: big smile

CJ
Nona, it's a regional difference. The "ular" ending is common in English: circular, muscular, particular etc, and saying "nucular" fits that pattern. It's a regionalism, not a mispronunciation.
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But circular is not spelled curlear, nor muscular musclear, not particular particlear. So it is irrelvant to say that the 'cular' words have any connection ability to say 'uclear'. If the existance of the 'cular' ending affected the pronounciation of 'uclear; it would be everyone not just Americans!.

That's like saying some words end with the 'ean' sound, bean, mean, keen, so therefore it is undertandable if some people mispronounce moan. No connection at all...
I'm just hypothesizing as to why the "nucular" pronunciation exists. I'm not sure it makes sense to assume that speakers model their pronunciation after spelling, after all English spelling is very unpredictable.

The fact is that saying "nucular" instead of "nuclear" is a regional difference. It is not wrong.
Hi,

If it's a regional difference, do we have any idea what the region consists of? George Bush is from Texas.

(I assume we're not talking of the whole USA as a region?)

Best wishes, Clive
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I read that it was a regionalism, but haven't found any actual evidence. Mirriam-Webster says it is "in widespread use among educated speakers including scientists, lawyers, professors, congressmen, United States cabinet members, and at least two United States presidents and one vice president."

It might not be a regionalism, but might just be a variant pronunciation in the US.
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