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Offline John Albert

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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #45 on: February 02, 2019, 03:30:20 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

Here in the good ole US of A, I've often heard the word "primer" pronounced with a short "i" (/ɪ/) when referring to an introductory book, but never in any other context.

 

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