It must be official. The number twenty has a new pronunciation !!!!!!
It makes me grimace to hear the weather reader at the end of the ABC news in Tasmania in the evenings using a new word. That word is Twenee (pronounced: twen-nee) it has recently replaced the word which comes after the number nineteen…. twenty. Not so long ago this word not only started with a T but contained another T. However it would appear that the English is changing and the second T is no longer used.
It is not only apparent on the weather report but is being used on many other occasions by other reporters and even on SBS TV. Next time you are listening to a TV program see how many times the announcers use the new version of this word.. Twenee…
It would not have happened in the good old days of the BBC !!!!
Listen to the new pronunciation here: Video is not quite twennee seconds long. 🙂