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Why they pronounce idea like "idier"? Sometimes they do the same thing with some other words too.    

  • "What" is the pronunciation can be answered in a dictionary. "Why" is the pronunciation is not answerable, execpt to say "it just is". – James K Mar 10 '19 at 7:42
  • It's answerable if strange and not recorded in dictionary – living being Mar 12 '19 at 11:18
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It is simply a fact of English pronunciation in certain parts of the world.

In southern England, for instance, there is a regional habit of pronouncing words that end in 'a' to sound like 'er'. So:

Pasta/Pastor sound the same

Santa/Santer

Idea/Idier

Outside of southern England, I do not think it is very common. As someone who grew up in the southern UK, I know that North Americans find it both confusing and humorous.

  • I heard it from a New Zealander guy. – living being Mar 12 '19 at 11:12
  • I'm not an expert, but Australia/New Zealand do seem to have some characteristics of a southern English/London-area accent. Purely anecdotal, but I remember an actor saying 'The best way to do an Australian accent is to say a cockney accent as if you're squinting at a bright sun'. – fred2 Mar 12 '19 at 16:20
  • HAHA, nice quote. Thank you. – living being Mar 12 '19 at 17:05

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