How do you pronounce "Iron"? (in Off-topic)

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] August 5 2007 1:53 PM EDT

Is it like : I-ron (As in, "I am Ron".)

Or: I-ern (As in, "I earn".)

Of course by "How do you pronounce", I mean "what's the correct way to say the word" :P

Man, lots of " in this post....Anyways, thanks in advance for your help, people!

QBOddBird August 5 2007 1:54 PM EDT

"I earn", for me.

[RX3]Cotillion August 5 2007 2:00 PM EDT

Ditto of OB... PPF... QBOB... QBPPF... ... ...

Xenko August 5 2007 2:01 PM EDT

"I-earn" for me as well.

Just because it might be useful in someway, I am from Ontario, Canada.

QBJohnnywas August 5 2007 2:06 PM EDT

"I earn" here in London UK.

MissingNo August 5 2007 2:09 PM EDT

I've never heard anyone pronounce it "I-ron". I, and everyone I've heard from, say "I-earn".

bartjan August 5 2007 2:32 PM EDT


QBBast [Hidden Agenda] August 5 2007 2:47 PM EDT

I-yearn, actually. ;)

QBJohnnywas August 5 2007 2:59 PM EDT

Actually sometimes in my strange little London accent it sounds more like:


Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] August 5 2007 3:15 PM EDT

Okay, seems I'm the one pronouncing the word wrong :) Hard to tell when you don't hear anyone actually using it.

See, I was having an argument about the proper way...and I don't like to be ignorant.

Thanks for the answers :)

AdminShade August 5 2007 3:46 PM EDT

bartjan August 5 2007 4:08 PM EDT

Hard to tell when you don't hear anyone actually using it.

Well, just watch more movies

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] August 5 2007 4:19 PM EDT

Lol bartjan, that gives me a lot of choice :)

Why do the movies with "Iron" in their titles get so many remakes...?

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] August 5 2007 4:24 PM EDT

It sounds more like I-run or I-rune .Hum sort of half way between the two .

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] August 5 2007 4:40 PM EDT

Let's do "onion" next! So far as I'm aware, uhn-yun is standard but I have heard ung-yun. Do any of you actually pronounce it as the latter?

Southern input, in this limited case, 'Birdie, welcome. ;)

AdminG Beee August 5 2007 4:42 PM EDT

Are we talking about a lump of metal, the golf club I use from the fairway or what wifey uses on my shirts?

If it's the first, then it's a piece of "I-ron".
If it's the 2nd, then it's my "I-run".
If it's the 3rd, then it's "...please, you know I can't use that thing. Yes, I'll wash your car..."

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] August 5 2007 4:45 PM EDT

I-earn mostly in UK and un-yuhn in UK too.

JkrSmkrMidnight[ToG]er August 5 2007 4:47 PM EDT

Personally I pronounce it as a one syllable word most of the time.

AdminG Beee August 5 2007 4:48 PM EDT

Zog doesn't speak for Gods own little part of the UK ;)

For my pronunciations it's prolly best just to think, "how would Groundskeeper Willie say it?".

QBJohnnywas August 5 2007 4:49 PM EDT

Yeah, but your part of the world also pronounces 'film' 'fillem'.....

8DEOTWP August 5 2007 4:49 PM EDT

I say.. un-yin

QBOddBird August 5 2007 4:49 PM EDT


AdminG Beee August 5 2007 4:49 PM EDT

* "fillum" :p

QBJohnnywas August 5 2007 5:26 PM EDT

tomate-o tomart-o

Destitute Turnip August 5 2007 5:39 PM EDT

It is meant to be pronounced ahy-ern

Xiaz on Hiatus August 5 2007 6:32 PM EDT

I pronounce it as it's spelt,


Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] August 5 2007 7:45 PM EDT

Lol, diverging opinions!

Speaking of opinions...onions, I pronounce them the same :)

deifeln August 5 2007 8:47 PM EDT

I'm from Pittsburgh, the steel city, and I pronounce it similar to "I earn."

muon [The Winds Of Fate] August 6 2007 12:37 AM EDT

I just want to add one thing to this thread.
AluminIum. Yes, there are _two_ i's in aluminium.

It's just always annoyed me for some reason, and hey, we're in "off-topic".

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] August 6 2007 12:40 AM EDT

Muon, in what country are you spelling "aluminum" (note: four syllables) with two I's? :P

8DEOTWP August 6 2007 12:42 AM EDT


Thraklight Resonance August 6 2007 1:26 AM EDT

My high school typing instructor had the thickest West Virginia backwoods accent that I had ever heard outside of some of my backwoods hillbilly West Virginia cousins. I still remember getting frustrated during accuracy and speed exams trying to type when she dictated phrases such as "Heel -- Jack and Jeel went up the heel to fetch a pail of water."

Phrede August 6 2007 1:26 AM EDT


Thraklight Resonance August 6 2007 1:41 AM EDT

Aluminum was the original spelling in the early 1800s, but the person who originally named it later adopted aluminium a few years later, and that became the standard spelling in England and continues to this day. The aluminum spelling started becoming popular in the United States in the late 1800s but wasn't adopted by the American Chemical Society until the mid-20s. Aluminium became the standard spelling for international use in the early 90s.

I occasionally find a use for all the chemistry trivia that I collected as an undergraduate and graduate student. Would anyone care to guess which words the spell check flagged for me? :-)

bartjan August 6 2007 1:49 AM EDT

G Beee: which of those 3 is used to pronounce the word irony?

Flamey August 6 2007 2:20 AM EDT

I along with others in Australia pronounce it I earn.
People that pronounce is tomate-o probably have more logic in them.
Seeing as we say Tomart-o, but potate-o. Oh the butchery of this so-called "language".

[RX3]Cotillion August 6 2007 4:29 AM EDT

Tomart-o? Really? I've never heard that before... Interesting.

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] August 6 2007 5:01 AM EDT

They have their "ahr"s and "ah"s all backwards. Or backwahds, if you will.

[CB1]Kris August 6 2007 5:03 AM EDT

It annoys me when people say Americans speak English, they don't, they speak American, there are so many differences, especially in general dialect they are not the same language. Oh and if you want a linguistic adventure, go out drinking with a scotsman..... was going off on a tangent then lol

and I say I - earn, To-mart-o, Un-yun and Film


QBBast [Hidden Agenda] August 6 2007 5:08 AM EDT

You don't even have to go out with him, if he'll just 'phone you when he's betwixt bar and bed. ;)

IndependenZ August 6 2007 6:43 AM EDT



Schots en scheef

How's that for a dialect?

Phrede August 6 2007 6:48 AM EDT

as someone once said "America and England - 2 great nations separated by a common language" :)

GO PATS August 6 2007 10:30 AM EDT

It's prunounsed "I-In"... But I'm from Roe Dyelin so dat says dat.

AdminNightStrike August 12 2007 2:37 PM EDT

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] August 12 2007 3:05 PM EDT

Yep, I had definitely gotten it wrong.
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