Everybody, nobody, anybody, somebody

Somebody   Monday, September 13, 2004, 21:21 GMT
Do you pronounce the -body suffix in these words like ''body'' or like ''buddy''?
CG   Monday, September 13, 2004, 21:35 GMT
Smith   Monday, September 13, 2004, 21:40 GMT
I pronounce the -body suffix in those words like ''buddy''. I'm from the United States.
Juan   Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 00:40 GMT
It sound the O in Port but without rounding the lips and not quite it as drawn out.
Mi5 Mick   Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 09:57 GMT
So in the US, you could actually be calling your buddy, your body. You could test it out in a bar there, to see what reaction you get from the locals. :)
Damian   Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 15:05 GMT
I quite cleary say "body" in each suffix...equating more or less to how an English person would pronounce "bawdy".
Damian   Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 15:08 GMT
I don't think many Britons use the word "buddy" meaning a friend.....it seems to be exclusively American? Here in the UK "mate" is almost universal, especially in England. In Scotland "pal" is quite common, especially in Glasgow.
Mi5 Mick   Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 15:10 GMT
G'day mate! Americans use pal a lot too.
Jim   Thursday, September 16, 2004, 06:42 GMT
Like "body" not "buddy" for me: /bodi(:)/ not /b^di(:)/.