Thursday, July 16, 2015

primer: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Thursday, July 16, 2015

When this word is used in the US to mean “elementary textbook” it is pronounced with a short I: “primmer” (rhymes with “dimmer”). All other meanings are pronounced with a long I: “prymer” (rhymes with “timer”).

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