A former Local Government Secretary and also the immediate past Special Adviser to a governor in a South-West state, Nigeria was interviewed on a radio programme last week. To my chagrin, the individual pronounced ‘ATTORNEY’ as ‘ANTHONY’.
He made the mistake several times.
The two words are pronounced as follow:
ATTORNEY /uh-tur-nee/ — Note the initial sound /UH/.
ANTHONY /an-tuh-nee/ — Note the initial sound /AN/.
For the records, Dr. Farouk Kperogi – a U.S.-based lecturer and communication expert – had in the past written on how Nigerians easily mixup the two words in pronunciation, but I had thought it should be a problem with the unlettered only.
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