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Tumult

Tumult:– 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 – …