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How many syllables in "Fire?"

ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind DroneAustin, TX Icrontian
edited Jan 2009 in The Pub
The Oxford English Dictionary, Merriam-Webster dictionary, Dictionary.com and Wiktionary.com all indicate that it is one syllable.

That said, do you believe it is one or two? Why?

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  • NomadNomad A Small Piece of Hell Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    I would add a legitimate response to this thread, but I can no longer find the reply button.

    That said, it's one. Unless you say "Fi-yur"

    Write Haikus and you'll discover hundreds of words you think are two-syllable but are actually one.
  • GnomeQueenGnomeQueen The Lulz Queen Mountain Dew Mouth Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    I think it's one. I thought it was one before I even looked it up. It sounds like one to me.

    (Also, I love the OED. I just wanted to add that.)
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm Madison, WI Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    Not here too. Come on, we had it and finished it.

    That said, in my pronunciation, it's fy-er, not fyr. Your tongue makes a distinctly different move when transferring from the long i to the er, which means I can count the syllables.

    It seems pretty clearly to be pronunciation-dependent, and if it's impossible for you to allow that both may be valid, then I will point you to the ridiculous pronunciation of nu-cu-lar as an accepted variant of nuclear according to Merriam-Webster, the law of the American English land.
  • BlackHawkBlackHawk Bible music connoisseur There's no place like 127.0.0.1 Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    I'm gonna have to agree with Snark on the "i to the er" thing. Sounds like two syllables.
  • NomadNomad A Small Piece of Hell Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    Snarkasm wrote:
    Not here too. Come on, we had it and finished it.

    Not a change I saw until yesterday morning.
    That said, in my pronunciation, it's fy-er, not fyr. Your tongue makes a distinctly different move when transferring from the long i to the er, which means I can count the syllables.

    While agree there can be multiple pronunciations of words, it doesn't fit what I consider to be a very distinct movement between the letters of the word in my mind.
  • csimoncsimon Acadiana Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    Fire. One syllable that sounds like two.
    Acid + fire + 60's = PhiYuh
    Creeperbane2
  • WinfreyWinfrey waddafuh Missouri Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    It's one. And it is a Homonym with the word "far". At least that's how the folks in backwoods pronounce it.
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Der Millionendorf- Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    On a side note: Pyre, Sire, Ire, Lyre, and Tire are all also only one syllable. Crier and Liar are each two syllables. If you are thinking of Fire like Liar instead of like Lyre, then therein lay the confusion.

    There is an incredibly small difference between Lyre [lahy<sup>uh</sup>thinsp.pngr] (one syllable) and Liar [lahy-er] (two syllables). No matter how much those two words sound alike when spoken casually, they are, in fact, composed of different phonemes with different origins. Honestly, this is one of those strange, but interesting, linguisting phenomenons (pun intended) that comes about in English because of its hodgpodge origins.
    midga
  • BuddyJBuddyJ Dept. of Propaganda OKC Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
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  • NomadNomad A Small Piece of Hell Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    Dick Valentine and Jack White at their finest.
  • GHoosdumGHoosdum Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    I vote one. Sorry Brian.
  • pseudonympseudonym Michigan Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    I believe we are lacking the true authority on this issue, a certain Mr. Beavis has yet to respond. Until I hear from him I'll be on the fence.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    I just had this debate on Reddit, and a Google search for supporting evidence turned up this thread!

    It's too good to leave in the past, so... bump.
    JBoogaloo
  • RyanFodderRyanFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    I just had fun reading through this the first time.
  • IlriyasIlriyas The Syrupy Canadian Toronto, Ontario Icrontian
    PK FFFFFFIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    PirateNinja
  • BlackHawkBlackHawk Bible music connoisseur There's no place like 127.0.0.1 Icrontian
    I know I responded already but do it like they teach you in grade school with the whole clapping thing. You'll see it's two syllables.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    The clapping mechanism presumes you're saying it correctly in the first place, it's not proof.
  • WinfreyWinfrey waddafuh Missouri Icrontian
    Pretty sure you don't want the clap.
  • TimTim Southwest PA Icrontian
    2.
  • TeramonaTeramona Consulting Tea Specialist Best Coast! Icrontian
    Fuck is also one syllable.
    midgaRyanFodderpigflipper
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    Teramona said:

    Fuck is also one syllable.

    Such a wonderful syllable.
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian
    1, always one. You're supposed to pronounce it like "fyre". Also enjoyed reading this thread for the first time today.
  • TheironhandTheironhand Centerline, Michigan Icrontian
    "fi-er" is how I pronounce it.
  • EMTEMT Seattle, WA Icrontian
    Apparently someone edited all the comments on Icrontic made before 12/18/2011. Whodunnit?

    Also, 2.
  • Creeperbane2Creeperbane2 Victorian Scoundrel Indianapolis, IN Icrontian
    264.5623.....am I right......what do I win
  • MiracleManSMiracleManS Chambersburg, PA Icrontian
    EMT said:

    Apparently someone edited all the comments on Icrontic made before 12/18/2011. Whodunnit?

    Also, 2.

    Import from VBulletin to Vanilla is my guess.
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