Why do Americans always write Mastadon instead of Mastodon? It’s such a weird error?
in most american dialects they sound almost identical
@wxcafe we really like to neutralize the hell out of that vowel (and all other vowels in unstressed syllables) so it's hard to remember which vowel it is
@wxcafe It's the approach to the plosive /d/. Mastadon or even Mastidon is easier to speak than Mastodon. We're lazy and spell phonetically.
@kai I mean given how much of english is everything but phonetic that's surprising to me that people would rely on phonetics to spell english
@wxcafe most English speakers are terrible spellers. It's almost all loan words. The pronunciations make sense in the original language but the new pronunciation in English makes no sense. I have to look everything up.
@kai very happy that english speakers talking about bikes use the word "derailleur" and I really wonder how they pronouce that
@wxcafe it's pronounced like an American cowboy read it in the dictionary and never heard a word of French in his life 😂