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JennaDean
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So, the word "been" -- do you pronounce it like
a) Ben
b) bin
c) bean?

(I got this wrong on a second-grade quiz and it's bothered me ever since, because I think the teacher was wrong. But growing up in the US south, you never can tell with pronunciations.)

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Tendril14
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(b)
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A. Husband says b.
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nitasmile
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b
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Randy
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A. (originally from Utah if that sheds any light on it).
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Tendril14
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Mrs. Weasley's Howler to Ron was definitely (c).
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Tendril14
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I also suppose the follow up question is how one pronounces (a).

There are some folks in the US, y'know, who absolutely insist that "pen" and "pin" rhyme. I am not one who does.

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CookieJar
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Definitely b.
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pnr
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I've pronounced it each way depending on where I'm pretending to be from. Most common Ben.
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Hamba Tuhan
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C. It rhymes with words spelt similarly: seen, keen, teen, green, queen, sheen, preen, etc.

[ April 27, 2012, 12:56 AM: Message edited by: Hamba Tuhan ]

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FlyByNight
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A) I started in Connecticut (first five years) but have nearly 20 years in Michigan following that.

BTW, when NBC (the other networks decided to follow suit) decided on what region to use for their pronunciation guide, they picked Nebraska because it was in the middle. So, the TV age has grown up speaking like Nebraskans.

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nitasmile
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just one side derail, related to various pronuciations around the nation. When I lived in Mississippi for a few months during grad school, I worked at a Burger King for awhile. One day a man came in and ordered a whopper with

"double mat"
..I didn't understand what he wanted and felt badly but I had to ask him three times to repeat what he wanted..ie excuse me, please repeat..finally he said "you're not from around here, are you?"

In retrospect, I was somewhat of an idiot and should have figured out what he was asking for sooner. But I didn't.

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ketchupqueen
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Mostly a but sometimes c.
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Annie
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Letter A
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AndrewR
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Always C - but what do I know? I'm only English.

How y'all decide to destroy our language is up to y'all.

Andrew R.

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TheOne
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A for sure.
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JennaDean
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I knew all the "beans" would be outside the US. I pronounce it "Ben" but I live around people who say "bin", and my 2nd grade teacher told me that was how it was supposed to be. <grumble>

Of course, I live in a state where, when someone asks you for a pin, you have to ask "The kind you write with or the kind you stick someone with?" They can't pronounce my name either. Literally they can't hear the difference between Jinna and Jenna.

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jana at jade house
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Try living with Jana for over a half century- neither side of the water wants to pronounce it as it looks...and my second first name is Lynn so there are persons at church who call me a cringworth Ya-na -leen. Sigh.
I say ben as in Benjamin and since I live here where the vowel sound in the Dutch word ben is similar I am happily right in step.

"Bin always sounds undereducated to me as in "Where you bin, gal?" and bean sounds snooty to me like "we have Bean to see the Queen." Sometimes I laugh out loud at BritGirl because she sounds like every little corn fed girl's idea of la-di-da. And she isn't. So it is hilarious. You have to be there.

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kazbert
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B

Grew up in NYC, but have relocated so many times since then I no longer distinctly sound like I'm from anywhere in particular.

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one more out of US c here
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Jean Valjean
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Nasally and with a silent "n".

[Straight answer: Somewhere between A and B.]

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B. Totally B. [Big Grin]
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Tendril14
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I cannot imagine how on earth one would pronounce that word to rhyme with the first syllable of Benjamin. That would sound just, just, just .... wrong and uneducated, I guess, to me. Ain't it funny how we judge by how we were raised to speak?

But that is just my midwest accent showing. (mind you, the midwest accent, which differentiates between stock and stalk, is considered the lack of accent... which is why so many TV personalities are from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska-- think Jane Pauley, Johnny Carson, Ronald Reagan).

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jana at jade house
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Just to be clear- I rarely make a judgment on character or quality solely based on one's speech pattern.
Now, my Illinois mother made a huge deal out of it. Probably why I do not.
Except with my children. I get to correct their speech. It's a mom thing.

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pnr
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Sorry, but I don't know what "double mat" wanted either. Enlighten?
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TheOne
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I'm hard to place. It is about time to do a local survey to see if they can place my origin. I was born in Idaho to a parent from Belgium and a parent from Texas (however, my dad was raised in Southern California) but who spent about 25 years in Texas from the age of 9 and up (with brief stays in Utah for a mission and Idaho for school). My speaking changes a little according to those I'm around (not a conscious effort) so I may be more Utahan now.

[ April 28, 2012, 02:13 AM: Message edited by: TheOne ]

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quote:
I knew all the "beans" would be outside the US
Uh... except me? [Razz]
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I've been thinking about how I pronounce it and would have to go for option D - pronouncing it b'n. We're a bit clipped in this area, whereas Weegies are nasal and drawn out on vowels; they'd be Cs for sure.
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PNR:
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Sorry, but I don't know what "double mat" wanted either. Enlighten?

No need to be sorry!!! Doubla mat= Double meat!!!
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A. My favorite pronunciation difference is greasy (grea-see versus grea-zee).
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How about the pronounciation of "our"? Do you pronounce it the same as you do "are"? That's been my big one lately.

As to OT, b. Unless I'm thinking about it, and then to be "contrary", c. That one seems to be happening more lately.

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quote:
How about the pronounciation of "our"? Do you pronounce it the same as you do "are"?
Completely differently.
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'C' definitely.
But, then I'm from Canader eh.

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FlyByNight
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IMO, the elimination of local accents by zealous English teachers is a cultural loss.
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CrowGirl
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Roper,

You are terrific. Move out here; CrowDaughter would love you for a 5th grade teacher next year. [Big Grin]

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Oor. How else is it pronounced?
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I pronounce "our" like "are" when it's a non-stressed word, like in "We have to pick up our car from the shop." OTOH, I pronounce it like "hour" when it is an emphasized word, like "That car is ours."

I probably do the same thing with "been," too. I probably do pronounce it like "bin" or more likely "b'n" when it's a non-stressed word -- "I've b'n sick." But when it is an emphasized word, I tend to say "ben". "Hey, sweetie, how've you ben?" And it's funny you should feel that "ben" sounds uneducated, Tendril -- that's exactly how I feel about "bin" because it sounds southern, and I have a bias against southern accents in that I feel they just sound unedumacated. Despite the fact that I live in the south and know a lot of very educated people with that accent. It's a condition of growing up with television, I suppose -- on television a person with a southern accent is rarely shown as intelligent, with Julia Sugarbaker as the exception.

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quote:
Except with my children. I get to correct their speech. It's a mom thing.
My wife's from DC and I'm from NYC, but we ended up rasing our kids for 12 years in Indiana. We consider it as one of our greatest achievements that our children still speak English correctly. A lot of Hoosiers conjugate their verbs in an odd way. ("Buyed" instead of "bought," "drived"/"drove.")
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