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Old October 6th, 2006, 8:02 pm
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Re: The Improve Your English Thread v3

Originally Posted by ominous View Post
Oh! It struck me just after I posted this one.
I just forgot you guys rarely pronounce "t" sound.
Originally Posted by zgirnius View Post
I think this is more true of US pronunciation (Desperate Housewives is after all a US TV program).
It can be a British way of talking, it's a more lazy way though - definitely not the Queen's English. Some people say war-uh instead of water.

Originally Posted by zgirnius View Post
Though it seems to me that that initial confusion ('center' for 'Santa') comes more from another quirk of pronunciation, leaving a final 'r' silent. ('centuh' for center).
I think some American accents when saying "santa" can pronounce it almost "sehntah" (midway between e and a sound). Very confusing!

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