In the Book of Job we are instructed to, "Ask...the birds...and they will tell you." In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "Look at the birds." So let's ask the birds, and look at the birds, and see what they have to say. May God bless you in your quest! Bill Bossman
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
2 Syllables or 3?
coy-ote (ki'-ot, ki-o'-ti), n. a small wolf of the prairies of western North America.
I was out looking for birds the other day when I came across this coyote. The coyote was not overly concerned about my presence, and I was able to take several pictures. Seeing this coyote got me to thinking about the pronunciation of the word coyote. Some people say it with two syllables, and some people say it with three syllables. I did a little research into the issue, and discovered that coyote pronunciation is largely regional. Rural people of the west and Midwest tend to pronounce the word with just two syllables. Easterners and city slickers are more apt to use three. I always pronounce the word "kye-yote," I just can't bring myself to say, "kye-yote-ee."