When you say the word controversial, do you say “controver-shall?”
Do you say “frustra-shun” for frustration, or “shtreet” for street?
If so, you’re not alone. But what the h is going on with those pronunciations? Is this a Michigan thing?
Those are the questions a listener posed for us today, and our own University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan is ready to help us sound out an answer. But in order to do that, we’ll have to take a close look at the mechanics of how we say what we say.