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CORRECTIONS IN ORTHOEPY.
The following words being often erroneously pronounced by polite people, as well as by the vulgar, their correction, in this place, agreeably to Cobb's Walker, it is presumed, will be useful to many. Some of the mispronunciations given are provincial.
Fåte, får, fall, fât,-me, mêt,-pine, pỉn-nò, mỏve, når, nôt—tùbe, tåb, bull-831-found-thin-THIS.
.-When the words learned, blessed, loved, &c. are used as p ives, the termination ed should generally be pronounced as a ole; as, "A learn-ed man; The bless-ed Redeemer;" but mployed as verbs, the ed is contracted in pronunciation; as, lesson; They are lov'd; I have walk'd."'
accent of the following words falls on those syllables express characters: Eu ro pe an, hy me ne al, Ce sa re a, co ad ju tor, ep er est ed, in ter est ing, rep ar a ble, rec og nise, leg is la ture, com par a ble, ir rep a ra ble, in ex o ra bie. In a large cla vowels a, e, and ai, should be pronounced like long a in late; re, there, their, where, air, chair, compare, declare, &c. In the v fect, mercy, interpret, determine, and the like, the vowel e bef roneously sounded like short u. Its proper sound is that of perative.
respect to the pronunciation of the words sky, kind, guide, & at a mistake extensively prevails. It is believed that their inciation by the vulgar, is the correct one, and agreeable to the intended by Mr. John Walker. The proper diphthongal so yind, gylde, are adopted by the common mass, and perv who, in their unnatural and affected pronunciation of t , skel, ke-Inde, gé-ide. This latter mode of pronouncing t lables, is as incorrect and ridiculous as to pronounce the w two syllables, thus, bồ-il, tô-il.
vind, pour. When my is contrasted with thy, his, her, your, & ced, ml : in all other situations, it is pronounced, me; as, “My ar to my [me] counsel." When wind ends a line in poetry, an hyme with mind, bind, kind, &c. it is pronounced, wind ;but tions, it is pronounced, wind.
"Lo, the poor Indian! whose untutored mind
"Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind."
nalogically, the diphthong ou, in this word, has its proper sound år.
"Ye heavens! from high the dewy neetar pour,