I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...
- Jul 19, 2004
- Out of Bounds
... Personally, I think it's archaic and perhaps we do need to update to the American pronunciation. ...
I think it's archaic notably idiosyncratic and perhaps we do need to update to the American everyone else's pronunciation.
I performed a cursory survey of pronunciations for "lieutenant" among major languages that incorporated the word into their lexicons. With the exception of Hindi (where it obviously arrived via the British and their "f"-ing version) I can find no place other than former Commonwealth nations using the "f" pronunciation.
On a related note ... I wonder whether the Portuguese, Spanish, and Italians deliberately truncated their equivalent words to "tenente" / "teniente" because they were sick and tired of hearing the French and English griping about it.