Intrusive vs. Obtrusive
The meanings and sounds of both words are close enough that it can be easy to confuse them. Some thesauruses present the words as synonyms, but there are a few subtle distinctions between them.
Were P and R Once the Same Letter?
Do you ever stop and look at the shape of our alphabet? Each letter looks natural to us now, but all those lines and circles have unique histories. It’s easy to make assumptions that our letters make sense, that they developed in some orderly logical way, and one reasonable assumption would be that P and R are related to each other based on their form. …
the r-sound as reintroduced into an utterance where there is an r in the spelling by speakers of an r-dropping dialect when a postvocalic r they would normally drop, as in the pronunciation of far as [fah] /fɑ/, becomes intervocalic, as in far away pronounced as [fahr-uh-wey] /ˈfɑr əˈweɪ/.
Also called intrusive r. the r-sound as inserted analogously by speakers of an r-dropping dialect between vowels where there is no corresponding r in the spelling, as in the pronunciation of Cuba is as [kyoo-buh-riz] /ˈkyu bə rɪz/.
Origin of linking r
First recorded in 1945–50
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