Obscure Box

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April 18, 2008

Trouble with ts

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Language, Radio, Television

It's not "tweny" it's "twenty", same with "thirty" and "forty".

Yet time and again you hear on radio and television reporters dropping their "t"s, especially when delivering weather temperatures.

There was a similar problem when Peter Beattie was Premier of Queensland. Too often broadcast journalists would refer to "Peder Beaddie".

It might take a fraction of a second longer to sound the "t" in such words but it sure sounds better.

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