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pumatic or newmatic?

pumatic or newmatic?

pumatic or newmatic?

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I was told once that in Euorpe they pronouonce pnuematic "pumatic" and of course in the USofA we pronounce it newmatic."

This seemed to make about as good sense as anything we tend to do with languages.

Is the first comment true or is pnuematic of French origin and silent p there also...or?

Jesus is THE life,
Leonard

RE: pumatic or newmatic?

Someone is pulling your leg! It's pronounced with a silent p in all the parts of Europe that I've worked in.

Good Luck
johnwm

RE: pumatic or newmatic?

Yes. The French pronunciation of pneu (tyre) is a cross between 'ner' and 'noo', nearer 'ner' as I remember.



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Greg Locock

RE: pumatic or newmatic?

I don't know if the topic is relevant, but has anyone every really considered the logical implications of silent letters? Is there a sillier concept in the English language (or any language that uses them) than including a bunch of extra letters in a word that _do nothing_ to the word?

I'm hoping I don't get a bunch of people jumping in and explaining that silent letters can indicate how a vowel should be pronounced. First off, there are so many exceptions to the rules, that the rules mean nothing. Secondly, there are much easier ways to indicate the pronunciation of a vowel.

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