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#202965 10/26/11 04:44 PM
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Boisterous; moisturize. Someone I know pronounces boisterous as bois-cher-us, which drives me crazy. Today I realized that I say mois-cher-ize.
Why the difference? Or is it just me? (You all may take that any way you like!) wink

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I say them both the same as you Jackie or so it sounds to me!

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/ˈmɔɪstʃəˌraɪz/ is the usual NA way to pronounce moisturize. Presumably it used to be /ˈmɔɪstjuˌraɪz/ and the /tju/ was palatalized to /tʃə/ - as it was in future, nature, culture.

But boisterous never had /tju/ so the pronunciation /ˈbɔɪstʃərəs/ maybe came about by analogy with words like moisturize, nature, etc.

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well, one is TER and the other is TUR so one might expect a difference in pronunciation, no?


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Originally Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu
well, one is TER and the other is TUR so one might expect a difference in pronunciation, no?


I don't think most dialects pronounce the ur in moisturize and the er in boisterous differently.

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I thought about that, Buffle. If I'm being careful I say mois-cheeyour-ize (or something like that!); but most of the time, I'm not that careful.
There was a yew sound in there, I swear there was...


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