Saturday, January 31, 2015

probably: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Saturday, January 31, 2015

The two B’s in this word are particularly difficult to pronounce in sequence, so the word often comes out as “probly” and is even occasionally misspelled that way. When even the last B disappears, the pronunciation “prolly” suggests drunken slurring or, at best, an attempt at humor.

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