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jrook 08-01-2015 02:08 PM

to correctly pronounce pied
Potentially dumb question alert:
In horses, the word pied is pronounced "pi ed"... 2 syllables
I've heard people say it with one syllable... pyed. Like "I've been pied in the face"... LOL!!
What is the correct pronunciation? one or 2 syllables?

thanks for indulging me...

pixels 08-01-2015 02:09 PM

1 syllable

FaeryBee 08-01-2015 02:11 PM

Say it the same way you do when you say,
"Pied Piper" ;)

jrook 08-01-2015 02:15 PM

Darn it! I've been saying wrong.. .. I will have to change my ways. I can remember Pied Piper...( much better than my example of pied in the face :o)

Thank you Deborah and pixels!!

aluz 08-01-2015 02:17 PM

Hey Judy,
I have always thought the word was read as one, even though I'm a foreigner it makes more sense to me to pronounce it just how you said "pied in the face" as in having a pie thrown into someone. :)

StarlingWings 08-01-2015 03:00 PM

I agree with all of the above, interesting question actually.

However, in more archaic terms, words ending in "-ed", although not often seen commonly now, were pronounced in two syllables, mainly utilized in stanzas of prose.

If you were to pronounce words like this in two syllables when using them in poetry, it makes it more versatile in the ways which it can be rhymed, as well as the space it takes up in a set-syllable verse.

For example:

All around the battle-ground were swords and arrows forged
Grim and bare indeed were the men that icy hour
The carrion-crows called bleakly while the winter fast approached
And with a solemn note the war-horn sounded in the tower.

If you read "forged" like how you usually say it, it doesn't rhyme with "approached", but if you read it as "for-ged", then it rhymes better with "approach-ed"

So there's a quick guide to syllabic pronunciation in prose and older works :laughing:

jrook 08-01-2015 07:31 PM

Star.. I think you've hit the proverbial nail on the head... I'm archaic!! ;)

Jonah 08-01-2015 09:35 PM


Originally Posted by jrook (Post 3104529)
I'm archaic!! ;)

Me too Judy...;)

RavensGryf 08-01-2015 09:47 PM

Judy, I think you'd better find that horse person who pronounced it in 2 syllables to you, and tell them that they're wrong LOL kidding! :laughing: I never would have thought it could be anything other than 1 syllable :D

CuteLittleBirdies 08-02-2015 02:05 AM

I have always pronounced it like "Pie" with a "d" on the end, like pied in the face too :laughing:

I think it might be a po-tato, po-tado thing though from the sound of it :D

The same goes for INO. Some people pronounce it like in-o, with the "in" being pronounced just like you would say ride "in" a car. Others though say een-o for the "I", much like the like the word "seen" without the S.

I have given up trying to figure out what is right in all this mess.... I just say it how I say it, and assume that others will know what I mean the same as as I know what they mean when they say it opposite of how I do :giggle:

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