I refer to one adult as "a dult" and more than one as "dults". Anyone else here do such?
Reanalysis of "adult" as "a dult".
Never heard of that... it's "an adult"... I stress the second syllable.
In my case, the stress is identical - "adult" [@"dV5t], "a dult" [@ "dV5t] - but nonetheless, that reanalysis doesn't seem natural to me at all.
When stressing the syllables of the word "adult", isn't the noun A-dult and the adjective a-DULT?
No. Most dictionaries list both stress patterns for "adult", regardless of the part of speech. I use the same pronunciation, [@"dV5t], for both.
And I say aDULT for each -- never AD-dult. But that's just personal preference.
(And to me, AD-dult always sounds much like "addled", so it makes me smile.)
Sorry, Guest -- I hate X-SAMPA and deliberately ignore it. Personal quirk.
Now I'll tell you about the origin of "nickname." It was originally from "an ekename"; back in middle English the 'n' in "an" would be pronounced as part of the first syllable of the word that followed the "an." So that is the origin.
I pronounce "adult" as [@:"dVM?] whereas I pronounce "a dult" as [%@:"dVM?] or [%e:"dVM?] myself.