Modren Ireland


Visitors to Ireland will observe the natives appear to have an inability to pronounce the word M-O-D-E-R-N as it is written, instead preferring to substitute the locally agreed interpretation – M-O-D-R-E-N. This pronunciation error is ubiquitous, and can regularly be heard on the national broadcaster (RTE). It is frequently extended to other words that end in ERN eg N-O-R-T-H-E-R-N pronounced as N-O-R-T-H-R-E-N, but the exception being CONCERN. Why is this basis error so common?