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[Feb. 18th, 2007|03:08 am]
Nate Bunnyfield
Aww... Jessica from indexed just called into Penn Jillette's radio show.

Also, Penn doesn't pronounce the 't' in often. It must be an east coast thing.

[User Picture]From: lemur68
2007-02-18 10:05 am (UTC)
The T is generally silent here, though I hear and say it both ways. I wasn't aware there was a regional difference.
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-02-18 10:21 am (UTC)
I didn't either until I moved to California.
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[User Picture]From: bahia
2007-02-18 11:55 am (UTC)
do people in cali pronounce the T? I never noticed.
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From: arkmay
2007-02-18 11:23 am (UTC)
East coast? or is he black?
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[User Picture]From: subplot2
2007-02-18 12:15 pm (UTC)
The currently accepted theory is that it's not organically regional per se, but to pronounce the "t" is a spelling pronunciation. Certainly there's some regionalism to the education aspect of it, but it's not a cut-and-dried dialect attribute. The OED lists either pronunciation as valid in both British and American English.

The "t" phoneme was dropped when consonant clusters simplified (roughly somewhere in the late Middle English period), but was retained as a grapheme when spelling was standardized (as were other clusters such as in knight [/knIxt/ > /naIt/]).

I pronounce it both ways, depending on linguistic environment.
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