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How do you pronounce derby?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by classical_hero, Aug 12, 2004.

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How do you pronounce 'Derby'?

  1. I pronounce 'Derby' as the way it looks

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  2. I pronounce 'Derby' as 'Darby'

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  3. I don't care too much

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  4. Radioactive Monkey

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  1. classical_hero

    classical_hero In whom I trust

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    I was wondering how people pronounce this simple word call ed Derby. There will be on two options because as far as I know there are only two different pronouncations of this word.
    1. I pronounce 'Derby' as the way it looks.
    2. I pronounce 'Derby' as 'Darby'.
    I am one of those who pronounce the word the first option. I am puzzled at how a word that has an 'e' in ti can be pronounce as 'a'. Please post you thoughts.
     
  2. Civrules

    Civrules We the People

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    Although I don't care much, I pronounce it "derby."
     
  3. Mise

    Mise isle of lucy

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    Darby.

    It's just one of those peculiarities of the English language that it is pronounced as Darby. Like how "put" and "but" don't rhyme.
     
  4. classical_hero

    classical_hero In whom I trust

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    Yes. The English language has to be the most confusing languages every has been used. :cringe:
     
  5. Ian Beale

    Ian Beale YRH

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    I pronounce it 'darby'. It would seem unusual to me to hear it pronounced 'derby'.
     
  6. Dell19

    Dell19 Take a break

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    I live reasonably close to Derby pronounced darby...
     
  7. MrPresident

    MrPresident Anglo-Saxon Liberal

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    My father is from Derby (pronounced like Dell said). Jesus, does their football team suck. You no longer fear hell after spending a cold rainy afternoon watching a nil-nil draw between Derby and Crystal Palace.
     
  8. The Last Conformist

    The Last Conformist Irresistibly Attractive

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    I say "Darby".

    A few centuries ago, there was a sound-change going on in English, turing medial -er- to -ar-. For whatever reason, the change was then mostly rolled back, leaving a few rephonematicized oddities like "Derby".

    Another example is "varsity", originally a shortening of "university". As you see, here the spelling was changed to suit.
     
  9. Sanaz

    Sanaz Gorilla Joe

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    The towns all around England have pronunciations that are awkward for Americans. I say "derby".
     
  10. Esckey

    Esckey Chieftain

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    Der-Bee

    8 9 10
     
  11. BCLG100

    BCLG100 Music Master

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    'daarby'

    why ever not?
     
  12. CivEmperor

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    English can be wierd like that, like how a "t" can sound like "ch" any way I say Darby.
     
  13. Halcyon

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    It should be pronounced 'darby', be it the place or the race. If you want confusingly pronounced place names, though, then leave Derby alone and go to good ol' Featherstonehaugh. That one can only have been intentional.
     
  14. Birdjaguar

    Birdjaguar Entangled Retired Moderator Supporter

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    And the pronunciation is....
     
  15. JonathanValjean

    JonathanValjean Porschephile

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    I pronounce it in a way in which it rhymes with "kirby" or "curby." Here in the SE United States, I have always heard it pronounced this way, as in "The Kentucky Derby." My two cents.
     
  16. anarchywrksbest

    anarchywrksbest Complete Bastard!

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    Darby. "Derby" just sounds a bit limp wristed.
     
  17. sysyphus

    sysyphus So they tell me

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    'Darby', it's kind of like "Clark" instead of "Clerk"
     
  18. bobgote

    bobgote Trousers

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    western australians :rolleyes:

    have to cringe everytime west coast play freo :cringe:

    it's darby.
     
  19. Moss

    Moss CFC Scribe Retired Moderator

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    Derby...I don't think I've EVER heard it pronounced darby....
     
  20. North King

    North King blech

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    Derby, I've never heard someone say Darby. I don't care much, either, so you should have allowed us to put multiple choices. ;)
     

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