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    weirdo versus widow

    I've noticed that the pronunciation ofthe words weirdo and widow is similar. Do native speakers sometimes confuse these words?
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    Re: weirdo versus widow

    No. They are not at all similar to me.
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    Re: weirdo versus widow

    No. An ear that has trained from infancy to distinguish long and short is can't possibly mix up those words, even when weirdo is pronounced with a non-rhotic accent like that of most Britons. They sound only vaguely similar to us.
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    Re: weirdo versus widow

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    I've noticed that the pronunciation of the words weirdo and widow is similar.
    Not to native speakers, unless said native speaker is really drunk or otherwise inebriated.

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Do native speakers sometimes confuse these words?
    Again, not unless the native speaker is really drunk.
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    Re: weirdo versus widow

    No! Even though they begin and end with the same sounds, the complete words don't sound the same at all. And even a person with very bad hearing would understand from the context which was said.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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