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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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    Often

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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

    just as sandwich is SAMwich

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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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    ^^^^^ Engrish ^^^^^^^

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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
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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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
    oof tun
    off 10
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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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    How do you pronounce often? Where did you go to school?

    So is it Mick Donalds or Mack Donalds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Mcdonalds origins are Scottish.....
    not when it comes to the franchise as it all morphed in the US.
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    It's good to sea some good ol' oc flava goin' on up in here, we should see this moe orphan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    It's good to sea some good ol' oc flava goin' on up in here, we should see this moe orphan.
    whachu talkin bout willis??
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    How do you pronounce often? Where did you go to school?

    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    So is it Mick Donalds or Mack Donalds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    So is it Mick Donalds or Mack Donalds?
    Its MACCA'S.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Its Mickey d's.....
    fixed proper for the underneath folks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Mcdonalds origins are Scottish.....
    only by name
    the company is of US origin, therefore the USofA's term of 'Micky D's' is most correct
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Mcdonalds origins are Scottish.....
    You're thinking of McDowell's where Eddy Murphy use to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    You're thinking of McDowell's [
    or McDolan's

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    I pronounce it the proper way.

    Off-ten

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    I pronounce it the proper way.

    Off-ten

    Anybody that wants to argue just needs to read my signature.
    therein lies my demise as i beg OFFten of forgiveness my king.
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    It took me awhile to figure out which way I go on this because I was too self conscious when I listened to myself speak the word. Anyhow I say "off ten" but the ten is actually fairly subtle and it almost sounds like offen. I grew up in and educated in Colorado and lived in the western US all my life.

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    ok thanks. everyone is correct on this. how about shaMANo vs. shaMONo?
    that reminds me is vs. verse or versus? gentlemen let the battle begin.....

    p.s. I had no idea all you fools were hiding in off camber. Hope everybody's doing well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bamwa View Post
    ok thanks. everyone is correct on this. how about shaMANo vs. shaMONo?
    that reminds me is vs. verse or versus? gentlemen let the battle begin.....

    p.s. I had no idea all you fools were hiding in off camber. Hope everybody's doing well.
    Might as well through in SRAM into the mix too. Once we get these items resolved, could someone tell me if the chicken or the egg came first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamwa View Post
    ...is vs. verse or versus? ...
    nEEther, it's 'verses'
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    off-ten. grew up on the cape, went to school at uvm and umass amherst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    ..could someone tell me if the chicken or the egg came first?
    I egged the chicken and that ate his leg
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    I egged the chicken and that ate his leg
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    I can't rep you until I spread some more, but that's a the first thing I thought of too. The second was the cartoon picture of the chicken and egg in bed smoking and the chicken says " well I guess that answers that question".
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    Coffin without the C.

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    I often say offen, but I really mean often.

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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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    Often... with the T because that's how it's pronounced. Webster is always right.
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    How do you pronounce often? Where did you go to school?

    Quote Originally Posted by sodak View Post
    Often... with the T because that's how it's pronounced. Webster is always right.
    Don't you mean Webser?
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    ^ haha...

    And Tones- "Beardroom"??? Do you have a collection of beards you store?
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