Friday, November 23, 2012

Why Reuters is pronounced the way it is?

The grapheme < eu > is not an English one. Whenever you < eu > in English words, you can detect where it came from.

French: chauffeur, amateur, connoisseur,  chartreuse (note -eur, -euse), lieu
Mute e: eulogy, eugenic
Greek: neurosis, deutoplasm,
Latin (via Fr): deuce, feud
German: Reuters, Freud, Deutsch Bank, Euler

In German, < eu > = /ɔʏ/ = anglicized /ɔɪ

That's why the first sound in Reuters and Freud sounds like that of joy/toy.

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