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Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:34 pm
Colonel: the military rank. Why, also, is it pronounced with the
letter "r', when there is none in the word.
Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:41 pm
I second that motion. I do have the impression that somewhere in the British Empire at sometime the word Was pronounced with three syllables including the L. I may be wrong.
Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:17 am
Normally the villain in a bad spy movie pronounces it tri-syllabically, in a bad foreign accent. Not sure why.
'Ahh, Col-oh-nell, I've been expecting you.'
Good choice, if not as inexplicable as lieutenant.
Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:03 am
Here is etymonline
It seems the English could not make up their minds between the French 'r' and the original Latin/Italian 'l'.
It is an interesting question how spelling and pronunciation can go different ways like this, and why some languages (notably English) are especially prone to such mismatches.
Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:46 pm
Thanks, you all. I appreciate your feedback.
We could piggy-back "lieutenant", probably 'place-holder'
or some such. But the British 'leftenant (?) has me
baffled as well.
Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:29 am
Lieutenant is the word I was referring to, it's spelled the same in British English, but pronounced correctly (if inexplicably).
Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:33 pm
So British English spells the word "lieutenant", but pronounces
it as "leftenant"? Am I understanding you correctly?
Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:33 am
Yes, that's right
Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:27 am
Yes, perhaps lieutenant as a place-holder is a rank held in an 'acting' role while the serious officers are away. In the British army anyway, lieutenant is the lowest commissioned rank so presumably a sergeant or similar was co-opted to the role after the captain had been shot?
Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:55 pm
Yup, your thoughts make perfect sense to me, exactly the
way I'd picture it, know as little as I do of the military.
Thanks too, Iain for clearing up the lef business for me.
Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:06 pm
what the good Dr. has to say on the subject.