Relaxed Pronunciation ReferenceIn everyday speech, language takes on simplifications and the tendency for words to runtogether. This natural process often manifests itself as combination and contraction of words, causing a phrase such as "Would you like to go and get something to eat?" tosound a lot more like "'Don't'cha wanna get somthin' tweet?". This is often a majorfrustration for language learners, as many of these apparent words (for example, wanna,gotta, or squeat) are often not listed in dictionaries and are almost never used in writtenform, but are nonetheless essential for native comprehension. In addition, differences indialects' pronunciation, not to mention vocabulary, often magnify this problemsignificantly. This page is designed to be a reference database of relaxed pronunciationsand contractions, from the mundane and common to the esoteric (or just for fun). Pleaseenjoy!
To indicate alternative meanings or pronunciations, a slash is used, for example:"wanna = want to / want a" means that "wanna" could mean either "want to" or"want a".
[Brackets] surround words in the definitions that do not contribute to the finalword's sound.
Ellipsis (...) are used to indicate that a contraction can work as an interchangeablesuffix or prefix with a variety of other words (some of the more commoncombinations may be listed as well).
The complete list:
A-ZPhoneticSpellingDefinition / Origin /MeaningExampleA
a / uh of / a I'll have uh bag uh chips.acoupla a couple of I have acoupla socks 'round heresomewhere.ain'tam not /
is not /
are not /
have not /
has notI ain't hungry.ain'tcha are you not Ain'tcha done yet?algo I will go Algo next.alotta a lot of I have alotta radishes, and nothin' tomake with 'em.an' and Get me some bread an' milk....'an ... than n/a'ardly hardly I can 'ardly understand what he's sayin'.ayatta I ought to Ayatta show him a thing or two.atom at him /
at them Up and atom!awayzaway a ways awayThe last day of school is quite awayzaway,sadly.
betcha bet youI betcha five bucks that paper airplaneisn't gonna fly.