Why is colonel pronounced cernel?
cernel is just as right as kernal
- ZirpLv 73 weeks agoFavorite Answer
- 1 week ago
The rank of Colonel is French in nature. However, since most Americans at that time did not speak French, nor do most today. It evolved into the English pronunciation as such.
- 3 weeks ago
for the same reason XEROX is pronounced as ZEROX...
- PrinceLv 53 weeks ago
Break colonel down into its three component syllables and keep saying co lo nel over and over. Now do it drunken. Once you start slurring your speech you'll understand.
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- CeeLv 73 weeks ago
Don't screw with things, kid.
- USAFisnumber1Lv 73 weeks ago
Why is KNIFE pronounced NIFE? Why do we write THROUGH when all we say is THRU? We are stuck with words the way they came to us, bad spelling and odd pronounciation included.
- 3 weeks ago
Pronunciation depends upon which side of the Mason Dixon line you're standing. Always has...always will be. (btw..stay outta my barn, it's full of illegal confederate city park statues.)
- SquidLv 73 weeks ago
Because like a many words in the English language, it has it's roots in a different language and has morphed over the centuries.
Just like Sergeant is often pronounced "Sarnt". Words evolve with time and common usage.
- SocratesLv 73 weeks ago
I think it's originally a French term.
- scott bLv 73 weeks ago
It isn't. It's pronounced "kernal".