spatula

thedaffodils

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Hi,

Can you possibly explain why spatula is pronounced as spatchela.

I mean "t" for "tch", and "u" for "e" in after? Is spatula a French loanword, something like that?

Thank you!
 

emsr2d2

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Technically, it should be pronounced "spat-you-luh". We're just lazy! The only person I know who pronounces it 'properly' is my mother.
 
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