Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by I Push Wood, Apr 2, 2009.
How to pronounce 'maintainance'? Or is it spelled 'maintenance'?
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Me too, although I've never been entirely sure which one is correct. From looking at the spelling I've always assumed it was "MISS-chih-vuss", but even so I often say it the other way without thinking about it.
Actually, one mistake I make frequently is pronouncing "says" phonetically rather than as "SEHZ". My mom tells me I didn't say it that way until I learned to read when I was three years old. I still haven't been able to rid myself of it.
Intriguing... Fraggle's on-line reference that he mentioned in a slightly earlier post doesn't even list maintainance. (And neither does the Firefox spell checker!)
But I've seen the words used interchangeably, in fact so much so that I can never remember which, if either, I normally use. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!
But AFAIK they're both pronounced main tuh nuhns.
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It's definitely not "maintainance", but I don't know the correct spelling off the top of my head. I always pronounce it "MAYNT-nuhns" but I think it's supposed to be "MAYN-tih-nuhns"
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