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Homophone of timberEdit

I've removed the homophone "timber" and noted that the corresponding pronunciation is simply a common mispronunciation. 09:19, 21 March 2009 (UTC)

According to the Random House Dictionary of the English Language (U.S. English), /ˈtɪm.bɚ/ is not a mispronunciation, but the preferred pronunciation. /ˈtɪm.bɚ/ is the only way I’ve heard people say it here. —Stephen 09:43, 21 March 2009 (UTC)
Perhaps it's an exclusively American pronunciation; I've never heard it said that way here (in Australia) except when people mispronounce it. I'll add a note to this effect. D4g0thur 09:17, 23 March 2009 (UTC)
Speaking as a Californian, I've only ever heard it pronounced /ˈtæm.bɚ/. If I were to prescribe a pronunciation, it would be /ˈtɛm.bɚ/, like the French, but the word is simply not said that way. Pronouncing it "timber" just seems like a mispronunciation arising from the spelling. X Parasite 06:02, 30 July 2011 (UTC)
The only way I've ever heard it pronounced is /ˈtæm.bɚ/, in Texas, Arkansas, and California. Webster's gives both pronunciations, but lists /ˈtæm.bɚ/ as the first pronunciation. --EncycloPetey 06:15, 30 July 2011 (UTC)
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