Archive | October, 2014

Negotiations

25 Oct

NOOB (Not one-off Britishisms) asks UK residents how they pronounce “negotiate”: ending shee-ate or see-ate. I am an Ireland resident, but I’m answering for myself. And I’ve considered all words in -ciate, -tiate . I’ve arranged them in order.

Definitely -s-
annunciation
emaciate
enunciation

Probably -s-
associate
excruciating
glaciate

Either -s- or -sh-
appreciate
negotiate

Probably -sh-
officiate
substantiate
licentiate
depreciate
differentiate

Definitely -sh-
ingratiate
cruciate
initiate
novitiate
transubstantiate

Now -sh- once -t-
expatiate
propitiate
satiate
vitiate

The last section is book-words where I would have guessed -t- as a spelling pronunciation. Interesting that neither -s- nor -sh- appears to be my default for novel -tiate words.

The above rankings are by no means definitive (even for me, I mean; let alone anyone else) and I’ve shuffled them several times in the 20 minutes I’ve spent writing this.