from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In phonetics, the involuntary utterance of an auxiliary vowel, especially before r, l, m, and n, in certain positions, as in lucre, able, chasm, etc.

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  • noun phonetics epenthesis of a vowel – insertion of a vowel. For example, the middle ‘-a-’ in thataway, or use of infixes -i- and -o- in coining English words on classical roots.


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From Ancient Greek ἀνάπτυξις.



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  • 'insertion of a vowel between two consonants for ease of pronunciation'

    March 31, 2008

  • It's exciting Greeks didn't use anaptyxis for anaptyxis itself.

    March 31, 2008

  • Yes, bunch of boyf***ing bastards.

    March 31, 2008

  • Excuse me?

    March 31, 2008

  • I'm hoping that was intended as a joke. Although not an especially funny one.

    March 31, 2008

  • Interesting, I hadn't heard this one before, but I have noticed the vowel insertion many times.

    April 2, 2008

  • There was a famous incident - for Australians, anyway - when Juan Antonio Samaranch, then president of the IOC, announced that in awarding host city rights for the 2000 Olympic Games, "The winner is ... Syd-e-ney." The clip was played endlessly of course in Sydney and elsewhere over the following weeks, to the point where people came to notice the extra vowel in the pronunciation. There was even speculation that his name was probably Samranch and he just couldn't say it properly :->

    April 2, 2008

  • This would be the word for people mispronouncing realtor, I suppose. *grumbles*

    April 2, 2008

  • A synonym is svarabhakti - and interestingly, it has no svarabhakti as well.

    June 12, 2008

  • Chinese do this a lot, because they can't handle character strings. Maybe others do too. I'm reminded of a protest march Gibraltar once, where a banner read "British we are and British we estay".

    June 16, 2008