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    Default the pronunciation of vip

    why is the word vip pronounced as V I P??
    why can't it be pronounced together??

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    Default Re: the pronunciation of vip

    Quote Originally Posted by SzuHsienFeng View Post
    why is the word vip pronounced as V I P??
    why can't it be pronounced together??
    There is no word "vip". VIP is pronounced 'vee eye pee' because it's an acronym, like BBC, IBM. Some acronyms are pronounced the way they are spelt, eg. NASA, NATO, but most aren't.

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    Default Re: the pronunciation of vip

    Hi, SzuHsienFeng. Welcome to the forum.

    It just happens that we don't read 'VIP' as a word. It's just one of those things.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: the pronunciation of vip

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Hi, SzuHsienFeng. Welcome to the forum.

    It just happens that we don't read 'VIP' as a word. It's just one of those things.

    You know I hate to disagree with you, 5jj, but I *do* hear people saying it as a word nowadays. Not often, and usually I think it's said with an awareness that it's "wrong". If I had to guess at a motivation for using it in this fashion I'd say potentially speed, and also the factor that the users believe it somehow sounds "cooler", as if the person speaking is so used to dealing with "Very Important People" that they can treat them casually. Vip, when pronounced as a word, certainly has some snappiness to the sound.

    I wouldn't recommend pronouncing it like this to any English user, though, as it might well be thought to be an actual error by others, who would be more forgiving of a native speaker's liberties with standard usage - unfair as that is.

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    Default Re: the pronunciation of vip

    thanks!
    and my next question is the pronunciation of the acronym AIDS
    why does it can be pronounced as aids rather than A I D S
    Last edited by SzuHsienFeng; 06-Mar-2012 at 13:40. Reason: TYPE WRONGLY

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    Default Re: the pronunciation of vip

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    You know I hate to disagree with you, 5jj, but I *do* hear people saying it as a word nowadays. Not often, and usually I think it's said with an awareness that it's "wrong". If I had to guess at a motivation for using it in this fashion I'd say potentially speed, and also the factor that the users believe it somehow sounds "cooler", as if the person speaking is so used to dealing with "Very Important People" that they can treat them casually. Vip, when pronounced as a word, certainly has some snappiness to the sound.

    I wouldn't recommend pronouncing it like this to any English user, though, as it might well be thought to be an actual error by others, who would be more forgiving of a native speaker's liberties with standard usage - unfair as that is.

    Welcome back Tullia Yes - I've heard this too. I think it was in a context where there was another acronym to support the idea of making it a spoken word: 'VIP will meet for drinks at 7.30pm, and WAGs [Wives and Girlfriends] will accompany them.' (It would sound odd to say /vi: aɪ pi:z/ and then /wgz/ [the accepted usage] in the same utterance. But I agree with your final point.

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    PS SzuHsienFeng Again, it's just the way we say it. (And please start a new thread when you change topics.)

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