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How do you pronounce Wednesday: wensday or wed nes day?

The pronunciation of the word “Wednesday” can vary slightly based on regional accents, but the most common pronunciation in American English is “ˈwɛnzˌdeɪ” (wenz-day), while in British English it’s often pronounced as “ˈwɛnzdeɪ” (wenz-day) or “ˈwɛnzdi” (wenz-dee). The spelling suggests a three-syllable pronunciation “wed-nes-day,” but over time, the pronunciation has evolved to commonly be said as a two-syllable word.

The initial spelling reflects Old English “Wōdnesdæg,” which means “Woden’s day.” Woden is a major deity in the early Germanic religion. Over centuries, the pronunciation has shifted, and the middle syllable has largely dropped out, although it’s still visible in the spelling.

Some people might articulate the middle syllable, pronouncing it as “wed-nes-day,” particularly for emphasis or in careful speech, but in everyday conversation, most English speakers omit the middle syllable.

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