Discussion Forum (Archived)

Please consider registering
guest

Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

The forums are currently locked and only available for read-only access. No new posts or comments can be created.
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Pronunciation of "Theater"
How to pronounce the "a" in theater
2014/02/26
9:05am
audra
New Member
Members
Forum Posts: 1
Member Since:
2014/02/26
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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
Avatar
Glenn
Admin
Forum Posts: 1719
Member Since:
2009/03/03
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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.