Thursday, July 07, 2011


My nephew Jack riding in Challis, ID

Tyler and I have disagreed for a long time on how to pronounce the word rural. This question came to a head just now when I read a post from my sister about visiting her in-laws in Idaho. Challis, Idaho- a rural town.

I wish I could record us saying it so you could get a good picture of what exactly is going on, but I'll do my best to replicate it.

Tyler says either "roo-rul" or "rur-al," depending on how he's feeling at the time. (Another word pronunciation he changes depending on the context- route). As for me, I can't quite figure out what's going on in my mouth. Something like "ruh-(r)ul."

I looked it up in the dictionary, and they said that it should be "roouh-ruhl." I can't even make my mouth say that. I wish I was a better writer so that I could explain the look on Tyler's face as he watched me attempt to say it properly. Go ahead. Try it. You'll see what I mean.

How do you say it? Bridget, I'm looking in your direction.


The Duke said...

I remember trying to convince you that there are two 'r's in interpret. Maybe you just don't believe in saying two 'r's.

krissiecook said...

Good question. One I ask myself every time I screen "The Rural Juror." (30 Rock, anyone?)

Bridget said...

Ooh, I hate the word route. If someone asks me how I pronounce it, I really don't know. I think I say rowt in some situations and root in others.

I say rural where the "rur" rhymes with Ur, like the Biblical city. Or stir, I guess. Does that match your pronunciation or Tyler's?

I say we ask Roy Blount Jr.

Vivian said...

I bet most people who live in rural areas would pronounce it "rurl". Kind of like mirror= mir

Natchel said...
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Natchel said...

Hahaha the Rural Juror! My favorite!

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