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r-dropping

r-drop·ping
R r

Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahr drop-ing]
    • /ɑr ˈdrɒp ɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahr drop-ing]
    • /ɑr ˈdrɒp ɪŋ/

Definition of r-dropping word

  • adjective r-dropping (of certain pronunciations of English) characterized by the absence of the sound (r) in postvocalic position in the same syllable, as often encountered in speech identified with the southern and eastern United States and with most of England; r-less. 1

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Origin of r-dropping

First appearance:

before 1960
One of the 3% newest English words
probably earlier than 1960-65

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for R-dropping

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

r-dropping popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 53% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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