often the first time i realise north americans pronounce a word differently is when im on rhymezone.net and go "wtf that doesn't rhyme.....?????!!!!!!!!"
@envgen "squirrel" and "girl", but not "Kansas" and Arkansas", what the FUCK
@Murkrow AMERICA EXPLAIN
I Accidentally read something today from the Stack Exchange Sidebar of Stupid(never read the sidebar of stupid, it's painful) where someone was asking about WHY a word - I think it was 'debussy' - would be used for the toilet. Apparently, some people pronounce this similar to 'dubya see.' I cannot fathom how on earth this could possibly be pronounced that way. One person, from France, also was unable to figure this out; some commenters were incredulous to how one couldn't figure out how. I know many dialects and accents and understand "writing as it sounds" but ... how could that be "Bathroom?" (And not one US person I know says WC.)
You simply can't look at English spellings and know how to pronounce words. Not even native speakers can. Source: Native US English speaker.
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