Monthly Archives: January 2020

  • Joyous Jan(y)u(w)ary

    The word “January” is spoken as “Jan(y)u(w)ary”. In American English, we link two vowel sounds together with a “w” or “y” sound. The “w” and “y” sounds are in a class of sounds known as “glides”. Some vowel sounds in American English are “glided” vowels. That is, they have a slight “w” or “y” sound […]

  • Happy New Year!

    The phrase “New Year” is a set phrase. A set phrase is a word or phrase made up of two base words that has a specific meaning different than the meaning of the two individual words (e.g., ICE cream, TOOTHbrush). A set phrase is stressed on the first base word. Happy NEW year!