Today’s word is: colonel /ˈkɚ-nəl/
A colonel is a high military rank in the U. S. Army, Air Force, and Marines.
Can you find the insignia for the rank of colonel? It’s a silver eagle.
The insignia for a lieutenant colonel is an oak leaf cluster.
This is Colonel Alan West.
These twin sisters are both colonels.
Colonel Teddy Roosevelt became President of the United States.
Colonel John Glenn was an astronaut.
Why is there a picture of a kernel of corn on this page? Because …
kernel /ˈkɚ-nəl/ and colonel /ˈkɚ-nəl/ are pronounced the same.
lieutenant colonel /luw-ˈtɛ-nənt -ˈkɚ-nəl/
Note: written r is pronounced /ɚ/.
For the /ɚ/ sound, pull your tongue all the way to the back of your mouth.
There are various symbols that can represent written r, as you can see here:
stressed r = /ɝ/ or /ɜr/ or /ɚ/
unstressed r = /ər/ or /ɚ/
To avoid confusion, I use only one symbol throughout the blog: /ɚ/
For more about the SECRET of /ɚ/…