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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:50 PM
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how do you pronounce this word:
suite?

as "sweet" or "suit?"
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:51 PM
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1. Like sweet
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:51 PM
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2. Sweet
but a lot of people pronounce it wrong.
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progmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:51 PM
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3. sweet
:hi:
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evlbstrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:51 PM
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4. sweet
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_testify_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:51 PM
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5. Context-dependent.
In a hotel, it's 'sweet'.

If its a collection of furniture, it's 'suit'.


I think.
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:51 PM
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6. i say sweeeeeeeeet ...what do you say
:P :shrug:
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:53 PM
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7. sweet
i also pronounce "wash" as "wash" and not "warsh"
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:01 PM
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14. sheeesh, dunno how I say it...
when I am way down south with the cousins I think I say "wash" but when I am in the mountains with my hillbilly kin folks I think I say "warsh" :P :shrug:
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:55 PM
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8. "Sweet" in all contexts
Furniture salesmen seem to be unaware of this.
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_testify_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:57 PM
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11. Well, I was lead astray by the guy at Rooms To Go.
I'm ashamed.
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:41 PM
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19. Furniture salesmen are correct
Both pronunciations are right according to the dictionary.
I guess it might be a regional thing as to which you prefer to use.
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 02:30 PM
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22. I disagree.
I looked it up in the OED, the AHD and the MW. Only the MW lists "suit" as a second pronunciation. Alternate is not synonymous with correct.

Dictionaries evolve over time to reflect popular use, not correct use. MW's inclusion of "suit" pronunciation of suite attests to that evolution.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 02:39 PM
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23. AHD list the alternate pronunciation too but only for furniture sets
and I think that is THE direct connection for the acceptance of this pronunciation in American English.
"SWEET" on the other hand is the correct pronunciation for all uses.
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 02:53 PM
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25. Next thing you know...
"Hugh" will be an acceptable spelling of "huge" simply because of usage rates.

I think a few more furniture salespeople need to bone up on their vocabulary. I never ever heard suite pronounced as "suit" until I visited PA in 1995 and heard it on a television commercial. Since then, I've heard it again in Iowa, but nowhere else.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:12 PM
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27. I've always thought it was regional.
Never heard it in New England, but then we pronounced aunt as 'ahhnt' unlike the rest of the country. ;)
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:02 PM
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26. Well I guess we can agree to disagree then
It was listed as suit in the AHD as well as MW. Alternate is not synonymous with incorrect either.

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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:55 PM
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9. "Soo-eat." (okay, "sweet".)
:D
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:40 PM
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18. That is actually more like it because there
is slightly more emphasis on the "su" part of the word. :)
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buddhamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:55 PM
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10. sweet
n/t
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:58 PM
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12. Pointless kinda related story
Sign outside a vacant office building near where I work: "Build to Suite". Sigh. :eyes: Eventually they covered up the "e".
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:04 PM
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15. "used tire's"
sign at the gas station.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:08 PM
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16. Oooh don't even get me started
I am a true grammar cop--public misspellings and grammar screwups make me crazy!

Hm. Might be time for a "stupid public grammar mistakes" thread...
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:59 PM
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13. soo - ee - tay
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 01:00 PM by ComerPerro
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:38 PM
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17. It depends on context
A bedroom with an adjoining bathroom or dressing room is pronounced sweet.

The furniture in that bedroom suite is pronounced suit.

After reading all the other replies, I thought maybe suit is just my hick way of pronouncing it. :rofl:

However the dictionary agrees with me.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:45 PM
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20. saweet
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:47 PM
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21. Sweet
I used to think it was "suit" when I was a kid.
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 02:49 PM
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24. SWEET. There is no "uh" or "oo" in sweet!
:grr:

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Rising Phoenix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:14 PM
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28. sweet....
what you up to these days?
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:21 PM
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29. ugh
lots of nothing, trying to get shit together.
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Rising Phoenix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:26 PM
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30. I know you can do it
I have faith....and when you sucssed....your painting is waiting for it and your place will be all classy....hehe
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:29 PM
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31. thanks for understanding
i appreciate it.
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Rising Phoenix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:32 PM
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32. no problem
I've been where you have....best of luck to you
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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 04:21 PM
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33. sweet. nt
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 04:22 PM
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34. Toe-MAY-toe
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 04:23 PM
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35. you say to-may-toe
i say toe-mah-toe dahling.
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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:38 PM
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36. Sweet, baby!
:D
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QuestionAll... Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:47 PM
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37. sweat eh?
seriously it's sweet.

blah blah blah
all suit hotel.


not.
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