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How do you pronounce the word solder?

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Pronunciation of the word solder
« on: December 16, 2018, 08:05:09 pm »
This has been discussed before, but I don't remember anyone uploading any samples. This is me saying the word solder in four different ways. The American one is probably not very authentic, as accents aren't my strongest point. You may have difficulty in distinguishing between the UK variants, especially if you're not from the UK, so listen carefully.

There's no right or wrong way. For those who live or spent their formative years in South East England, if you can, please record yourself and listen back, before choosing an option. It's possible your accent is different to what you believe as #3 is stigmatised, so there may be a cognitive bias to select #2 or #4.

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EDIT: None of this really matters as long as we can understand one another. This thread isn't supposed to be about language snobbery, but a bit of the usual banter is good to see.
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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2018, 09:40:23 pm »
Soldier. And the iron is referred to as a leftenant  ^-^

Really it is pronounced sodder. It melts using a sodding iron. The wick is known as sod off!
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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2018, 11:02:39 pm »
The correct pronunciation is "electronics glue".
 
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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2018, 11:32:55 pm »
Correct pronunciation should make zero difference on this international forum as long as we can understand what is meant and help each other.  Those who agree can signify by not voting on this poll.
However soldering technique and safety are great topics for forum resources. 
 
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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2018, 12:48:23 am »
I just call it fun. Speaking of accents, I am from Texas so when I tell friends and family "I'm gonna go have some fun.", they know that I mean soldering electronics.  :-+
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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2018, 01:00:27 am »
I pronounce it like the SE UK sample, but who cares? For the record, my normal accent is GA accent, with a tinge of Asian accent. Imagine Asian native English speakers.
 

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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2018, 02:11:51 am »
I pronounce it like the SE UK sample, but who cares? For the record, my normal accent is GA accent, with a tinge of Asian accent. Imagine Asian native English speakers.

I had a roommate when I was freshly graduated who happened to be a Jamaican Chinese fella.  When you hear a Jamaican accent come out of the mouth of a guy of obvious Chinese-extraction, that will give you pause.
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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2018, 02:20:31 am »
I pronounce it like the SE UK sample, but who cares? For the record, my normal accent is GA accent, with a tinge of Asian accent. Imagine Asian native English speakers.

I had a roommate when I was freshly graduated who happened to be a Jamaican Chinese fella.  When you hear a Jamaican accent come out of the mouth of a guy of obvious Chinese-extraction, that will give you pause.

When I visited England, a couple places we went to get fish & chips were these little hole in the wall Asian restaurants. The British accent mixed with the Asian accent was a real strain my head to decipher. For some reason I have very little difficulty with most European accents but Asian/Indian I struggle to understand.
 

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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2018, 02:23:46 am »
The mispronunciation of the word SoLder is part of the coloUrful variation and catalogUE of abuses hurled at the English language in written and spoken form by one of its former colonies.

Unlike we Australians who would never do a thing such as that  :-DD
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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2018, 02:24:32 am »
I had a roommate when I was freshly graduated who happened to be a Jamaican Chinese fella.  When you hear a Jamaican accent come out of the mouth of a guy of obvious Chinese-extraction, that will give you pause.

Dunno what Jamaican accent sounds like. I just talked with a Jamaican guy today, and to me he sounds not much different than any other black American, just more clear in pronunciation.
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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2018, 02:26:14 am »
Well I pronounce as "sodder" and I damn sure ain't gonna change it at this point.  >:(
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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2018, 02:27:01 am »
For some reason I have very little difficulty with most European accents but Asian/Indian I struggle to understand.

After 4 years in US, I now have no problem talking with Indians.
And if you wonder, I'm surrounded by 45% Indians, 35% Chinese/Taiwanese/Malay/Singaporean, 10% Koreans/Japanese, 5% Americans and 5% Europeans.
 

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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2018, 02:31:29 am »
For some reason I have very little difficulty with most European accents but Asian/Indian I struggle to understand.

After 4 years in US, I now have no problem talking with Indians.
And if you wonder, I'm surrounded by 45% Indians, 35% Chinese/Taiwanese/Malay/Singaporean, 10% Koreans/Japanese, 5% Americans and 5% Europeans.

Working with Indians I've gotten better at it but it's still a struggle. I always feel rude asking people to repeat themselves but there's not much I can do.
 

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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2018, 02:54:02 am »
Are you gents in the US referring to Indians from India, or native Americans badged as indians?  :-//

Do either, neither or both pronounce it as sodder or soLder ?




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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2018, 03:03:28 am »
Well I pronounce as "sodder" and I damn sure ain't gonna change it at this point.  >:(


... and furthermore, GET OFF MY LAWN!    >:(

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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2018, 03:05:18 am »
Well I pronounce as "sodder" and I damn sure ain't gonna change it at this point.  >:(


... and furthermore, GET OFF MY LAWN!    >:(

 :-DD

Wouldn't that be Sod of my Sods?  ;D
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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2018, 03:09:46 am »
Well I pronounce as "sodder" and I damn sure ain't gonna change it at this point.  >:(


... and furthermore, GET OFF MY LAWN!    >:(

 :-DD


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"Trespassers criticizing/criticising pronunciation of SODDER, will be shot ! TWICE!!"



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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2018, 03:55:03 am »
:rant:
Well I pronounce as "sodder" and I damn sure ain't gonna change it at this point.  >:(


... and furthermore, GET OFF MY LAWN!    >:(

 :-DD


LOL, and a sign banged into the lawn  :-*

"Trespassers criticizing/criticising pronunciation of SODDER, will be shot ! TWICE!!"

Yea!

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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2018, 06:05:52 am »
I can hear my bitingly sarcastic grade 4 teacher, 'How many times young
(insert surname)  do I have to tell you there is an ' L' in solder, or do I have to prise your ears apart with a bread knife '
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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2018, 06:14:26 pm »
Closest to what you call "American", but your pronunciation sounds like "suh-DURRRR" with almost a San Fernando Valley ("Valspeak") accent.

After careful parsing of how I pronounce it, it seems I can best describe it as "SAh-der". I can even feel my tongue and the back of my throat form an ever so slight "l" that is unpronounced between the syllables. If I force the pronunciation of that "l", it becomes "SAl-der".
 

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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #20 on: December 17, 2018, 06:45:53 pm »
Closest to what you call "American", but your pronunciation sounds like "suh-DURRRR" with almost a San Fernando Valley ("Valspeak") accent.
Yes, I didn't think my US accent was very good. I just Googled San Fernando Valley and I suppose it makes sense. I was probably emulating the accents on trashy US TV programmes, I used to watch as a teenager, when I was more receptive to accents.

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After careful parsing of how I pronounce it, it seems I can best describe it as "SAh-der". I can even feel my tongue and the back of my throat form an ever so slight "l" that is unpronounced between the syllables. If I force the pronunciation of that "l", it becomes "SAl-der".
Interesting. I suppose everyone will pronounce the o slightly differently. There are too many to list, so I went with the two most common variants of o sold and soul and whether the l silent, like a w or clear.

I say #2, the boring old British received pronunciation.
 

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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2018, 06:56:19 pm »
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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2018, 07:56:57 pm »
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Yes, there are silent "L"s in plenty of words: would, calm, chalk, yolk* etc.

I think the reason why many people find the American pronunciation of the word solder amusing is because it sounds rude.

EDIT:
*yolk
That's an interesting one. At first I thought I got it wrong and was confusing it with yoke, a totally different word, but I've done a bit of research and found some people pronounce the L in yolk and others don't.
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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #23 on: December 17, 2018, 09:27:11 pm »
You know what I hate? Me trying to figure out the pronounciation of english words up to a point I get to thinking I must be getting Alzheimers because I never can remember the right way.

Only to figure out you folks do it differently depending on which side of the pond you are  |O :palm:

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Re: Pronunciation of the word solder
« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2018, 09:45:18 pm »
You know what I hate? Me trying to figure out the pronounciation of english words up to a point I get to thinking I must be getting Alzheimers because I never can remember the right way.
If people understand you, then your pronunciation is adequate.
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Only to figure out you folks do it differently depending on which side of the pond you are  |O :palm:
Worse than that, three of the variants listed, numbers 2 to 4, are from the same country! ;D

Do any other languages have such a great variety, in terms of pronunciation, as English?
 


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