Why is colonel pronounced cernel?

Update:

cernel is just as right as kernal

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  • 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...

  • Prince
    Lv 5
    3 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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  • Cee
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Don't screw with things, kid.

  • 3 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.)

  • Squid
    Lv 7
    3 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.

  • 3 weeks ago

    I think it's originally a French term.

    • Zirp
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      the french don't use or pronounce the r either

  • 3 weeks ago

    It isn't. It's pronounced "kernal".

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