Wednesday, July 25, 2012

J as in what?

Lady with lollipop in her mouth, but no discernible accent: "Can you tell me where to find the JA section?"
Me: "JA? Do you mean JE?"
Lady: "J [she is very clearly pronouncing it JAY] as in YARN."

Is this some kind of regional thing?  Like "zed" instead of "zee"?

4 comments:

Dan Messer said...

Hi! Guy of German descent here.

Not 100% sure what they might be getting at, but in most Germanic languages (German, Dutch, and Scandinavian languages) the J is indeed projounced as a Y. Think Jagermeister or Johannes.

So maybe that's it?

Dan Messer said...

Hi! German descendant here.

In many Germanic languages (German, Dutch, Scandinavian languages) the J is indeed pronounced as Y. Think Jagermeister or Johannes.

So... maybe that's it?

Marian The said...

Sure, but why pronounce Y as J then? :-)

Emily said...

She could be a native Spanish speaker...http://www.studyspanish.com/pronunciation/letter_y.htm