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    pronunciation guide

    does anyone say "whilst" as will-st?
    or is it always Why-lst?

    if both, is it regional? Or is it N American mispronunciation?

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    Re: pronunciation guide

    Quote Originally Posted by koan View Post
    does anyone say "whilst" as will-st?
    or is it always Why-lst?

    if both, is it regional? Or is it N American mispronunciation?
    Whilst, most definitely here koan.
    Just above the clouds
    the sun is always shining.


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    Re: pronunciation guide

    Quote Originally Posted by binbag View Post
    Whilst, most definitely here koan.
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    you have to spell out how you say it.

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    Re: pronunciation guide

    I've never heard it pronounced "why-lst".

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    Re: pronunciation guide

    Quote Originally Posted by Accountable View Post
    I've never heard it pronounced "why-lst".
    Well of course not, you're American. Whilst I, on the other hand, are Inglish and have a better command ov our langwidge

    from dictionary.com
    whilst
    late 14c., from while (q.v.) with adverbial gen. -s- , and excrescent -t- (as in amongst, amidst ).
    I'm assuming as a contraction (if that is even the right expression) of the word while, its pronounced the same as while
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    Re: pronunciation guide

    Pronounced in one syllable here, whilst.

    Whilst I was out........yadda yadda.

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    Re: pronunciation guide

    I have only heard it pronounced Why-lst
    And that in UK, and in Ontario.
    Don't recall ever hearing anyone from the States ever use the word.
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    Re: pronunciation guide

    I say it while(est) though that way it seems like you are the most or have the most while, but it is rare to hear it like tis', thee, and thou.

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    Re: pronunciation guide

    Quote Originally Posted by koan View Post
    ...



    you have to spell out how you say it.
    Oh I see said the blind man.

    whi (as in "eye" or "y") lst
    Just above the clouds
    the sun is always shining.


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    Re: pronunciation guide

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    Quote Originally Posted by littleCJelkton View Post
    I say it while(est) though that way it seems like you are the most or have the most while, but it is rare to hear it like tis', thee, and thou.
    Congratulations for coming up with something completely unique.

    We were split at work half and half. I was in the "wrong" camp but conceded that the online pronunciation guides insist "why-lst" is correct while I had always said "will-st" I'd always heard it said will-st so hadn't thought to check. It's nice to see it's a mostly even split though so I wasn't moronically wrong.

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