Friday, 6 January 2017

Mr Right and Mrs Always Right

<Mrs> is a "title of courtesy prefixed to the surname of a married woman" as the OED (lemma: Mrs) tells us. The weakform pronunciation is ... ?
Well, the LPD indicates none nor do the EPD or the ODP. Jack Windsor Lewis in blog 528 lists these weakform variants: /mɪsz̩, mɪss̩/.
What about the strongform (variants)? Here's a quick overview:

GB pron
EPD18 /ˈmɪs.ɪz/

LDOCE /ˈmɪsɪz/

LPD3 /ˈmɪsɪz/

OALD8 /ˈmɪsɪz/

Oxf. Dict's online /ˈmɪsɪz/

OED3 /ˈmɪsᵻz/1

(The recording of "Mrs" on the EPD CD is distorted.)

 1 The symbol /ᵻ/ represents free variation between /ɪ/ and /ə/.

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