wanna innernational

julia   Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:26 am GMT
why do people say "want to" as "wanna" and "international" as "innernational"?

i personally find this very disturbing......................

if those words are said like that, then why don't they just change the spellings of those words in the dictionary?

furrykef   Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:15 am GMT
Well, grammatically speaking, "wanna" isn't a single word. At least, not any more than "want to" is. It's only pronounced like one.

Spelling "international" as "innernational" would obscure the meaning of the word. "Inter-" means among/between; "inner" means inside. And some people do pronounce the "t", so they would find changing the spelling illogical.

- Kef
julia   Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:25 pm GMT
ya but why do some people say those words like that????????????????

Lo   Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:36 pm GMT
A lot of people in America have a tendency to drop T's from words, it's really common to hear stuff like cenner (center,) dennis (dentist,) etc. I don't know why this happens really, I'm just guessing it makes speech more fluent, the T just stops you.
Another thing that's pretty common, at least here in SoCal, is the unreleased T.
Unreleased T is when you place your tongue as if you were going to produce the T sound but no air comes from your mouth. This happens quite a lot when words end with the letter T, so lot would become /lQt¬/
furrykef   Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:41 am GMT
julia - people do things like that in every language. You probably just don't notice. It happens because the sounds just naturally blend together that way. What's your native language?

- Kef