words pronounced with their letters reversed

Why are some words pronounced as though their letters were reversed?

For example, why is bible pronounced “buy-bel” and not “bib-lee”, or Favre pronounced “far-vuh” and not “fav-rah”?

Answer

Bible is not pronounced with “reversed letters”: the e is silent. Words like rhythm, acre, centre, bible, bottle, little, button all simply have syllabic consonants. For example:

  • bible [ˈbaɪbɫ̩]
  • little [ˈlɪtɫ̩]
  • Favre [ˈfɑvɹ̩]
  • acre [ˈeɪkɹ̩]
  • centre [sɛntɹ̩]
  • button [ˈbʌtn̩]
  • even [ˈiːvn̩]
  • awful [ˈɔːfɫ̩]
  • rhythm [ˈɹɪðm̩]

Those all have two syllables, and all without a vowel in the second syllable. The consonants are acting as the syllabic center, which makes them fundamentally vowel-behaving, normally called syllabic consonants.

If you are talking about why some people will (“mis‑”)pronounce words like cavalry as calvary, or for that matter croqueta as corqueta, please see metathesis.

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