cricket pronounced krooket?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by susanna76, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. susanna76 Senior Member


    In a stand-up comedy number of his (am not allowed to post link), Robin Williams clearly pronounces the word cricket as krooket. Is that how it's pronounced in certain parts of the UK? If so, where? Robin Williams was doing that number on Scotland. I looked it up on forvo but the American speakers pronounced it krikit, and that's the way it appears in dictionaries as well.

    When I first heard krooket I thought maybe, just maybe, Robin Williams was talking about another sport. Then I heard it again on BBC last night on The Weakest Link (sorry, I don't remember the sentence), and it was clearly about cricket.

    Thank you!
  2. morior_invictus

    morior_invictus Senior Member

    Hi susanna,
    I can`t see any reason why someone would pronounce "cricket" like that. :confused: Of course, there may be some regional accent that would pronounce it as "krooket", but it would sound strange to my ears. :(
  3. mr cat Senior Member

    English - England
    Hi susanna, he's actually saying 'croquet' which is a game vaguely similar to golf, it's not very commonly played so I can see why you would think it was cricket.
  4. Teerex51

    Teerex51 Senior Member

    Milan, Italy
    Italian, standard
    Croquet is the word. (oops, crossposted)
  5. berndf Moderator

    German (Germany)
    The "t" in Croquet is mute. The expected pronunciation by an American speaker is /kroʊ'keɪ/. Does that match what you hear?
  6. susanna76 Senior Member

    Thank you all so much! :)

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