Sunday, February 3, 2019

Diction Lesson

The hardest word in the dictionary
To pronounce is February.

Yes, it's here again, the month feared by radio announcers everywhere, except those on CBC's French network--Fevrier is much easier.

But we're here to help, and to show that with a little practice, you can beat the February jinx.

Just try mouthing this: Feb-roo-AIR-ee. Now do it again. And once more.

You've got it! By George, I think you've got it!

Next we're going to provide remedial instruction to all those who believe "route" rhymes with "gout," that "basil" rhymes with "nasal," and that the accent is on the first syllable in "research."

1 comment:

  1.'s one for a certain afternoon CBC Radio news reader, and equallly for a Victoria TV news host who we'll call "Joe":
    You can be a much better announcer, sound much less sloppy and unprofessional, by making words that end in "ing" (gerunds)..rhyme with "ring" "bling" and "sing" - NOT with "seen" and "lean". As "Doc Digressor" suggests, just repeat a few of those bling and sing words aloud on your way to the mike, to clean up your enuncuiation. Thank you and goodnight, listeners.