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    How do you pronounce often? Where did you go to school?

    I've been taught to pronounce this word as "offen" with a silent t,
    and when I hear anyone say "ofTen" it annoys and drives me crazy. My parents are from New England (without Boston accents) and I went to school in Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. Now in Austin I hear ofTen offen. Websters says either way is acceptable, but I still think it sounds stupid and uneducated. Am I alone on this?
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    Yes, your alone. It's oft en.

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    You're not alone, the proper MD/western PA pronuncation is "offen"

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    Re: How do you pronounce often? Where did you go to school?

    Offen

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    Re: How do you pronounce often? Where did you go to school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    You're not alone, the proper MD/western PA pronuncation is "offen"
    SW PA maybe don't lump NWPA in with yings mupear slippy jagoffs. Lol We pronounce it " off tin'.
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    I never gave this much thought until now!

    I don't pronounce the "t"

    I don't remember being taught that in school, I thought maybe it's a Canadian thing but I've heard some people pronounce the "t"

    I figure t is silent. Like soften, fasten, castle, Christmas... lots of examples
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    How do you pronounce often? Where did you go to school?

    West US (AZ), with the 't'
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    Both ways, like many other words when I can't decide which is correct. It comes from being a kiwi married to an American. For instance, I alternate between pronouncing route as either root or rowt depending on who I'm talking to.
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    Offen is like sammich. It's cute but it ain't English.
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    isn't offen a child without parents?
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    So cal. Silent t.

    I am more amused by the people who do and do not pronounce the h in when, where, why etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRingGrinder View Post
    So cal. Silent t.

    I am more amused by the people who do and do not pronounce the h in when, where, why etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRingGrinder View Post
    So cal. Silent t.

    I am more amused by the people who do and do not pronounce the h in when, where, why etc.
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    Its oFFen

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
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    I dont think ive ever heard anyone pronounce the r.
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    One thing thats certain is Mcdonalds is MACCA'S not Micky D's, micky D's is just ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    One thing thats certain is Mcdonalds is MACCA'S not Micky D's, micky D's is just ridiculous.
    MACCA sucks the danglieis mate and since it's origin is the US of A it's micky d's and thats that.

    BTW it's ofTen for the uneducated fuggahs up in here!!

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    O.P. You're not alone.
    I pronounce often with a silent t as well. And I'm also slightly bothered when it is said with a very pronounced t. I went to school in my early childhood in Rochester N.Y.
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    oof tun
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    oof tun

    correct...

    those that don't pronounce the "t" are the foo foo tea and crumpets
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    MACCA sucks the danglieis mate and since it's origin is the US of A it's micky d's and thats that.

    BTW it's ofTen for the uneducated fuggahs up in here!!
    Mcdonalds origins are Scottish.....
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