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How do you pronounce "worsted" ? Do you hear an R ?

Bird's One View

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I have read on the internets that we get the term "worsted" from the name of a town ... a town with an non rhotic accent ... and it is pronounced with the R silent ... "woosted" or "wuhsted".

Do any rhotic english speakers pronounce that R? Or do you defer to the word's origin in a non rhotic land and omit to say it, as with the first and second Rs in "Worcestershire sauce" ?
 

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Originally Posted by Bird's One View
I have read on the internets that we get the term "worsted" from the name of a town ... a town with an non rhotic accent ... and it is pronounced with the R silent ... "woosted" or "wuhsted". Do any rhotic english speakers pronounce that R? Or do you defer to the word's origin in a non rhotic land and omit to say it, as with the first and second Rs in "Worcestershire sauce" ?
According to this, the r is silent. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/worsted Fancy that...
 

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Hmm, these online dictionary sites with a bunch of advertising, I don't know, I'm probably going to believe in something more credible. I'm not sure how this is pronounced though
 

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Phonetically, pronunciation of the 'r' sound is more down to regional accent.
 

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I would say it's pronounced but with minimal emphasis - not quite silent, but barely there...
 

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