Saturday, May 17, 2008

banal

For you, does the word "banal" rhyme with, well, "anal" or "canal"? Am I the only one who thinks the first? Because they always say the second in news broadcasts.

Or is this question... banal?

18 comments:

fairyhedgehog said...

I'm British, so it doesn't rhyme with either. For me, the emphasis is on the second syllable and it rhymes with rationale.

Phonetically it would be something like bernahl.

pacatrue said...

Hm... So in your dialect of British, canal and rationale have different vowels?

pacatrue said...

I meant the last one, of course.

Mommy to Ander and Wife to Box said...

Anal.

And I called Sammy Jenkis over in excitement over the opportunity that you provided to write the word anal.

ril said...

My anal canal is somewhat banal.


Thank you and good night.

Precie said...

Canal.

Ello said...

anal

but what do I know? I think everything is related to the anus.

SzélsőFa said...

Both, but what do I know, and how do I speak?
I'd rather stick to writing only and refrain from sticking anal canals to banal canals.

Robin S. said...

Anal/banal is my choice - never heard it any other way.

ril said...

Interesting. Pronouncing Banal same as Anal sounds completely wrong to my ears. But lie the Hedgehog, I wouldn't pronounce it like Canal either.

I would make the final "a" longer, more like "banahl". It's originally from the French, and I guess this is closer to the original French pronouncation.

Dictionary.com also cites "banahl" as the correct way to say it.

Or is it that all you guys say "anahl"?

pjd said...

I've only ever heard it as bay'-nul.

Now, how about harass? Is it hair'-iss, or her-ass'? When I was doing college radio news lo! these many years ago, I said it like hair'-iss and everyone gave me the funniest look.

Another one my wife laughs at me for is pronouncing a 'k' sound in ancient. She swears it should be ain-shint.

pacatrue said...

Sounds like it's a regional thing here, though it's not just Southern, as we've got new yorkers and californians chiming in with the anal. That sounds so wrong. (My spam filter has caught a lot of this discussion....) However, as precie shows, I definitely do hear the canal version periodically.

PJD, I go for her ass. Um, uh, yeah. And ain-shint.

McKoala said...

It's banal canal to me. I've never heard anything else.

December/Stacia said...

It rhymes with canal, afaik. Sorry.

Sammy Jankis said...

Count me among the anal ones. This is odd, I've never heard that word pronounced another way. I guess it is a word that doesn't show up in mass media very much. Dictionary.com gives three different pronunciation guides for it: bə-nāl', bā'nəl, bə-näl. Two of the three begin with a "buh" sound instead of "bay". Interesting.

Precie said...

To be completely accurate, ril is probably the closest to the way I pronounce it in conversation... like canal but with a longer second syllable...most like the original French.

Bay-nul just sounds totally wrong in my head.
So does ancient with a k, pjd.

But then, in my head, I pronounce anathema as ana-THEME-a, even though I know it's a-NAH-them-a.

writtenwyrdd said...

My understanding has been it rhymes with anal. (But the dictionary says either way is okay.) Been saying it your way for 20 years plus! I notice that the news services teach us to say words differently at various time. For example, we should soon find nuclear listed as being pronounced New-cue-lar any day now!

Precie said...

written--Bite your tongue! That's one of my biggest pet peeves. I don't even care if the President of the United States pronounces it that way...It's spelled and pronounced new-klee-er. Ack!