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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #30 on: January 29, 2019, 12:28:27 PM »
In reference to paint, I hear the long i exclusively. In reference to the basic course or a basic book, I hear about a 50/50 split between long i and short i.  I think it says either is correct in the dictionary, so pick your poison.  (oh shit, is that pronounced eye-ther or ee-ther?)
Depends which dictionary.

Merriam-Webster   

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primer

Admittedly, the short i pronunciation is an Americanism for the most part.   ;D
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2019, 12:29:09 PM »
*badly*, I see.
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #32 on: January 29, 2019, 01:55:32 PM »
 Could someone please tell me, what is your favorite/the best online dictionary/thesaurus?
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #33 on: January 29, 2019, 02:00:10 PM »
I prefer Wiktionary, can't say it's best.

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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #34 on: January 29, 2019, 02:44:04 PM »
I use Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com, because you can embed them in Firefox's search bar.
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #35 on: January 29, 2019, 03:53:59 PM »
My preferred dictionary is the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. It’s approach is primarily descriptive, its usage notes are exceptional, and it doesn’t relegate American usages to second-class status.  And its appendices alone are worth the price.
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2019, 04:56:44 PM »
Urban Dictionary.
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #37 on: January 29, 2019, 05:37:53 PM »


The short ‘i’ In ‘primer’ seems to be an American habit:

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/10036/why-is-primer-pronounced-with-a-short-i-sound

If we're looking for anecdotes, I'm 43, Canadian, very well "listened" (I've spent a lot of time listening to the pretension-factory that is CBC Radio).

The first (and possibly only? I'm sure it was probably also said by one of the other brothers) person I've ever heard say "primmer" aloud is Steve.

I'm American and I could have sworn I've only heard primer pronounced with a short "i" in British movies and tv programs. I'm quite certain I've never heard another American pronounce it "primmer," though if I have it probably bothered me. I can hear Steve say it in my mind when I try. Memory is faulty but that's my anec-don't  :D
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #38 on: January 29, 2019, 06:57:13 PM »
Thanks, guys.
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #39 on: January 29, 2019, 07:55:50 PM »
Merriam-Webster   

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primer

Admittedly, the short i pronunciation is an Americanism for the most part.   ;D

My preferred dictionary is the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. It’s approach is primarily descriptive, its usage notes are exceptional, and it doesn’t relegate American usages to second-class status.  And its appendices alone are worth the price.

Right. Both American dictionaries. Dictionaries of American English. Which is fine for Americans. The Macquarie Dictionary lists only the long-I pronunciation.
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #40 on: January 29, 2019, 08:13:23 PM »
Merriam-Webster   

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primer

Admittedly, the short i pronunciation is an Americanism for the most part.   ;D

My preferred dictionary is the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. It’s approach is primarily descriptive, its usage notes are exceptional, and it doesn’t relegate American usages to second-class status.  And its appendices alone are worth the price.

Right. Both American dictionaries. Dictionaries of American English. Which is fine for Americans. The Macquarie Dictionary lists only the long-I pronunciation.
It is almost as if they purposefully set out to ignore the majority of current usage and history of English and only print the wrong answers.
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #41 on: January 29, 2019, 10:30:41 PM »
Merriam-Webster   

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primer

Admittedly, the short i pronunciation is an Americanism for the most part.   ;D

My preferred dictionary is the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. It’s approach is primarily descriptive, its usage notes are exceptional, and it doesn’t relegate American usages to second-class status.  And its appendices alone are worth the price.

Right. Both American dictionaries. Dictionaries of American English. Which is fine for Americans. The Macquarie Dictionary lists only the long-I pronunciation.
It is almost as if they purposefully set out to ignore the majority of current usage and history of English and only print the wrong answers.

It is almost as if different dictionaries were published in different markets.
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #42 on: January 30, 2019, 08:44:57 AM »
It is almost as if different dictionaries were published in different markets.


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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #43 on: January 30, 2019, 12:06:35 PM »
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #44 on: February 02, 2019, 12:25:45 PM »
I’ve always pronounced it PRY-mer. Except when referring to an educational booklet,  in which case its PRIM-er. But that may be because the first time I heard that word it was mispronounced. But it stuck.

Same here:  short „i“ for an introductory text; long „i“ for everything else.  That happens to correspond to the American Heritage Dictionary:

https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=Primer&submit.x=0&submit.y=0



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