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British people - how do you pronounce "paleo"?

Answered on July 26, 2014
Created July 26, 2014 at 3:10 AM

I've been pronouncing it "pah-lee-oh" this whole time, but I've also heard it pronounced "pay-lee-oh".

I googled it, and found this page: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/pronunciation/bri...

Apparently "pah-lee-oh" is the British way of saying it and "pay-lee-oh" is the American way. I am British, so that seemed to make sense.

But the rest of the internet seems to think "pay-lee-oh" is the only acceptable pronunciation.

British people - how do you pronounce it?

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on July 26, 2014
at 02:23 PM

PAYleo?? No wayleo.

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on July 26, 2014
at 02:22 PM

Quite. It's neither PAYleolithic nor PARleolithic - therefore paleo to rhyme with Sally - o.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on July 26, 2014
at 07:34 AM

that would sound a bit like this one, perhaps...? link to Oxford dictionary pronunciation of Palaeolithic (click on the speaker icon to listen)

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on July 26, 2014
at 04:03 AM

on the oxford dictionary, it sounds more like pal-e-oh

oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/Palaeolithic

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on July 26, 2014
at 03:53 AM

i think i stuffed that up...& the non-US spelling is Palaeolithic (after seeing the link in Matt's answer).

i knew there was an 'ae' in there somewhere

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 26, 2014
at 03:39 AM

It's like you guys didn't even invent the language… how you say stuff all funnily.…

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on July 26, 2014
at 03:33 AM

i guess that gels with the non-US spelling Paeleolithic vs the US spelling Paleolithic

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on July 26, 2014
at 11:43 PM

i say pay-leo (British living in Australia).

other than pay-leo & par-leo, there's pal-e-o

pal-e-o may fit better when saying the full word, pal-e-o-lithic vs pay-leo-lithic vs par-leo-lithic

...my 2 cents (or 2 pence)

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on July 26, 2014
at 07:55 PM

I thought it was pronouced like 'a' in bacon. ;)

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on July 26, 2014
at 12:02 PM

I'm British, and if I heard anyone pronounce it that way I'd be asking "What are you, some kind of ponce?"

"No more buttered scohnes for me, mater, I'm lah-di-dah-pah-leo!"

Pay-leo.

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on July 26, 2014
at 02:23 PM

PAYleo?? No wayleo.

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on July 26, 2014
at 08:49 AM

I agree with Andrew. We say paleolithic with an 'a' as in Sally, so we should say paleo to rhyme with Sally-o.

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on July 26, 2014
at 02:22 PM

Quite. It's neither PAYleolithic nor PARleolithic - therefore paleo to rhyme with Sally - o.

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4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on July 26, 2014
at 07:18 AM

The "a" in paleo is pronounced as the "a" in Sally. Sally-o - Pale-o.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on July 26, 2014
at 07:34 AM

that would sound a bit like this one, perhaps...? link to Oxford dictionary pronunciation of Palaeolithic (click on the speaker icon to listen)

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 26, 2014
at 03:41 AM

Except when you go here: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british...

They're said the same way, the 'merican way! Haha.

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