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Pronunciation of "Theater"
How to pronounce the "a" in theater
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2014/02/26
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audra
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I’ve always pronounced “theater” with a long a sound, such as in the word “ate.”  Generally, most people here in San Diego pronounce the “a” as a short I sound, as in “is” and put the stress on the “e.” I recently noticed that my grandfather, originally from Kansas, pronounces this word like I do, so I most likely acquired it from him. Is this just a random pronunciation, or is this common in Kansas, or the Midwest?

2014/02/28
8:47am
Glenn
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Welcome, Audra.

Your pronuncation is not random at all. Merriam-Webster lists it as “oftenest in Southern” with the stress either on the first or second syllable. Merriam-Webster: theater

the·ater :– noun \ˈthÄ“-É™-tÉ™r, ˈthÄ“É™-, oftenest in Southern ˈthÄ“-ˌā- also thÄ“-ˈā-\

I don’t think that I would be out of place to say that unless your speech is Southern, this pronuncation would sound out of place. If I were to hear someone pronounce it with the “long a” — even my southern friends — I would consider if they were mocking or adopting a caricaturish accent, such as the Beverly Hillbillies.

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