– a loud, confused noise, especially one caused by a large mass of people.
– a state of confusion or disorder.

For anyone who has read this blog for a while, you may have picked up that my wife Tamara is American.

I mention it because of ‘tumult’. After more than twenty years living together, we still find words that Americans and British people pronounce differently.

When a new word crops up, we are a little bit surprised because we think we have pretty much covered them all.

And then another pops up.

When one of us discovers the other person saying such a word, we usually stare at the other with a ‘???????’ expression.

Yesterday it was ‘tumult’. In American English the first syllable is like ‘tum’ and in British English it is ‘tyew’.

Of course, as Tamara is the first to say, the USA is a big country and there may be regional variations.

And the same within this small isle.

With that said, here is my rendition of tumult, American then British – but said with my British accent, of course.

Technical stuff

I recorded my voice on my phone and then used the audio embed feature of WordPress to upload it here. It’s very easy to do.


  1. Gave me a smile. This is life – and getting along.
    Thanks for noting regions here make a difference – on many things

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  2. No great surprise that the Canadian pronunciation is the same as your British version (just like my keyboard; )


    1. Ah, thank you for that information. Despite its history I really wasn’t sure which way Canada went on this.

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      1. When the United Empire Loyalists fled (what was becoming) the United States, many came up here to Upper Canada… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Canada


        1. Thank you – always a learning experience with you, Deb. Much appreciated.

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        2. I Live to Learn David
          (And only too happy to share in it (of it?) lol


        3. Yes, me too. 🙂

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