Re: E-Primer: pronouncing "primer"

Subject: Re: E-Primer: pronouncing "primer"
From: H Sargan <ercn81 -at- FESTIVAL -dot- ED -dot- AC -dot- UK>
Date: Thu, 12 May 1994 09:15:39 GMT

Arthur Comings <atc -at- corte-madera -dot- geoquest -dot- slb -dot- com> writes:

>It's amazing how many people don't realize that "primer" (a small book
>used to bring you up to speed on something) is pronounced "primmer" --
>not PRIME-er, as you would if it were an undercoat for a paint job.

Not in British English it isn't - personally I can't see any reason for
pronouncing it 'primmer' but language doesn't follow steadfast rules
does it?

Helen Sargan
Edinburgh University

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