I thought I’d been in the U.S. long enough to know the pronunciation of “pint,” as in a pint of beer. Obviously not! This is a perfect example for the saying: For every grammar rule out there, there is at least one exception.
If you don’t go to the bar a lot, or haven’t paid attention to this particular word, you would think it should be pronounced, well, pint. Just like hint, lint, mint, tint …… the words that don’t end with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) or y.
In reality, it is supposed to be pronounced \pnt\, like pine, dine, fine or line, with a t at the end instead of e.
I’m just glad I said it in front of a small crowd, even though a very nice colleague pointed it out right there and then 🙂 Everyone got a good laugh out of it. Actually I appreciated that. Just like proof reading, sometimes it is hard to catch your own mistakes, however obvious it may seem afterwards.
While we are at it, one pint is 16 U.S. fluid ounces, equivalent to about 473 ml, which looks like this: