Tuesday, July 21, 2015

timber/timbre: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Tuesday, July 21, 2015

You can build a house out of timber, but that quality which distinguishes the sound produced by one instrument or voice from others is timbre, usually pronounced “TAM-bruh,” so the common expression is “vocal timbre.”

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