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So just recently discovered different miniature videos on You Tube and such and one I was watching today made me kind of think how I pronounce the word "miniature".

I flat out just pronounce it probably eighty percent of the time as "min-uh-chur" and the other twenty percent of the time I'll do "min-yuh-chur", but the video I was watching today the guy was saying "min-ee-uh-chur" emphasizing that second "I" while I usually either ignore it all together or pronounce if very slightly and really not as it's own syllable but more as something that softens the vowel in the second syllable. So he was making it a four-syllable word, while mine is almost always a three-syllable word.  Not that there is any right or wrong, but I just got curious.  Any thoughts?

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It's three syllabes for me most times, four if I've been into the tea, seven if I've been into the wine, and one if I've been into the martinis.

Miniature? You mean figures of unusually small size?   I don't believe they exist.

Huh. Mostly I pronounce it the four syllable way. If I am feeling fancy and radio-broadcasty I pronounce it with five syllables: "min-ee-ah-chew-wer", the way a certain broadcaster around here talk

Collins and Oxford both prefer the three-syllable pronunciation. Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com prefer the four-syllable pronunciation.

 

All offer the other pronunciation as a possibility.

 

Sounds like a dialectal thing to me with a significant divide between the AmE and BrE prestige dialects.

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Huh. Mostly I pronounce it the four syllable way. If I am feeling fancy and radio-broadcasty I pronounce it with five syllables: "min-ee-ah-chew-wer", the way a certain broadcaster around here talks about the "tem-per-ah-chew-wer". I can't seem to hear it correctly after saying it aloud several times, and now I am not sure if I ever say "min-uh-chure" or not.

 

I've never heard "min-yuh-chure" before. It sounds nice.

 

ETA: But I'm so sonically suggestible, I may have changed my pronunciation in response to this post... ::P:

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Toe-may-toe, Toe-mah-toe. With my French-Canadian accent leaking in, I roughly pronounce it Me-Nyat-Chur(z).

 

I figure other Reaperites of different countries all have slight variations. Just the English language has scores of dialects that all sound different, even within the same borders.

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Huh...  Four syllabler here (in the US).  Funk & Wagnalls gives it four, Oxford's 3--but that's the British/English version.  It's a case of those old English folk mispronunciating a perfectly clear word.  ;)  Seems a cut case of British vs American English to me.

If I may ask, 72, where are you?  ie:  how do they say it where you were raised?

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I've seen a lot of people - even some people IN the business - spell it "minature," so I can only imagine that their pronunciation is the same, and that this pronunciation has informed their idea of how to spell the word.

 

I pronounce it as it's written: miniature (min-ee-a-ture). After all, we don't shorten it to "mina." We shorten it to "mini." So we all know that second "i" is there.

 

But I can see softening that second "i" into a sort of "y" sound. Min-ya-ture.

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Huh...  Four syllabler here (in the US).  Funk & Wagnalls gives it four, Oxford's 3--but that's the British/English version.  It's a case of those old English folk mispronunciating a perfectly clear word.  ;)  Seems a cut case of British vs American English to me.

If I may ask, 72, where are you?  ie:  how do they say it where you were raised?

And of course you may, Omaha, Nebraska, mid-west USA. I'm guessing people around here say min-uh-chur, because I never started even thinking about it until this afternoon after listening to a YouTube show.

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I pronounce it with 3 syllables myself. And yay! Another reaperite in Omaha! Teskeria and I are both here as well...

 

I never thought of pronouncing the i in the word or doing the word mini followed by the rest.

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