Eire

heir

their

6 thoughts on “eir as in their

      1. Alex Enscoe

        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.

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          1. Moira

            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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