6 responses to “eir as in their”

  1. Emily says:

    Pathetic i can think more than that

    • alison says:

      OK, what are they? They need to be words with the letters EIR pronounced “air”. I’d be interested to find more.

      • Alex Enscoe says:

        I assume the previous commenter was misunderstanding what this page shows, as this pattern seems extremely rare. I did just find one more that exists in US English, though I’m not sure how it matches up in other dialects : capoeira, /kæəwɛɹə/.

        Am I correct that you wouldn’t include this here since you’d consider the R to be medial and not part of this ‘air’ sound? For me it feels like ‘air,’ but I imagine it might be different in non-rhotic varieties.

      • Moira says:

        Hi alison,

        – Speir
        – Weir
        – Heirloom
        – Heir

        • alison says:

          Hi Moira, I can’t find ‘speir’ in the Macquarie Dictionary and don’t know that word, and ‘weir’ has the vowel /ear/ not the vowel /air/, the same as ‘weird’, so it is listed here: https://www.spelfabet.com.au/spelling-lists/sorted-by-sound/ear/eir-as-in-weird. I do have ‘heir’ listed here, but I don’t usually include derived words in these list, otherwise they would get completely unwieldy. All the best, Alison

          • Moira says:

            Hi Alison,
            Thanks for your feedback.

            Speir means to ask.
            Weir means a low dam built across a river to raise the level of water upstream or regulate its flow.

            All the best, Moira

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