How to pronounce salmon and salmonella

How to pronounce salmon and salmonella

To my surprise, I recently learned that the letter l in salmon is always silent. While I was aware of the fact that most people do not pronounce it, it turns out that there is no accepted alternative pronunciation. Salmon is always pronounced without the l. The correct pronunciation is [ˈsæmən], listen here. Interestingly, the l is not silent in the word salmonella (listen here), but that’s because these bacteria were named after Daniel Elmer Salmon.

 

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