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    Default kəʊɪn'saɪdəns

    In the 1935 film A Tale of Two Cities, I heard

    ts ə kəʊɪn'saɪdəns tu:. ts wɒt aɪ meɪd əv ɪt miself.

    Have you ever heard this pronunciation of "coincidence"? Why did the man use it?

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    Default Re: kəʊɪn'saɪdəns

    It's not a pronunciation I have come across. It might be meant ironically.

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    Default Re: kəʊɪn'saɪdəns

    Was it said by a 'lower-class' character - i.e. one who might be expected to mispronounce big words?

    ps. Oh, I see that konungursvia suggested this point in the other thread.
    Last edited by 5jj; 17-Jul-2011 at 07:42. Reason: ps added

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    Default Re: kəʊɪn'saɪdəns

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Was it said by a 'lower-class' character - i.e. one who might be expected to mispronounce big words?
    Yes, it was.

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