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My coworker and I have been having this discussion for a day or two...

What is the most correct way to pronounce 'new' or 'news' ?

Does it rhyme with 'few' ? or 'snooze' ?

Does 'new crew' rhyme?

I know both 'noo' and 'nyoo' are correct, but what are the origins of the two different pronunciations?

Asking around the office, it seems that 'nyoo' might have a British English origin, but I would like to know if anyone is more knowledgeable on this topic.

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depends on the country you live in and the correct pronunciation in your regional flavour of English. –  teylyn May 12 '11 at 21:16
    
Here's a little background: I'm of Taiwanese-descent, but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have no UK background, so I have no idea why I pronounce the UK version. Does anyone know the more common pronunciation for the "regional flavour" of San Francisco? –  Greg May 12 '11 at 21:31
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Depends on whether you are watching CBS or BBC.

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I suppose that's true... but why? –  Greg May 12 '11 at 21:07
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Why? Uhmm, difference between American and British pronunctiation .... There are different pronunciations in different countries. –  teylyn May 12 '11 at 21:15
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According to Cambridge English dictionary, new is pronounced njuː in UK and nuː or nju: in US . nu: is more frequent than nju:

ju: is similar to the sound in cue and u: is similar with the sound in moo.

The same goes for news;, the only difference of course is that you add a "z" at the end.

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The curious answer here is: "both." For me, "news" rhymes both with "crew" and "few." Depends on the situation, type of statement, context, etc.

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I believe the the difference between the two pronunciations nyooz and nooz is called yod-dropping. There is some debate here about whether this habit is American or a regional pronunciation in America; so far as I know (as a native speaker), it is always nyooz in British English.

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Some Americans do it, some don't, and some drop some but not all of the droppable yods, depending on the initial consonant cluster. I don't know the geographical distribution of yod-dropping, though. If you're talking about whether it's present in the mythical accent called General American, Wikipedia says it is, and I can't argue with that. –  Peter Shor May 12 '11 at 23:17
    
Wow, that is quite interesting! Thanks! –  Greg May 13 '11 at 1:25
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I'm British. I have not heard any British person pronounce it as 'noo'. It's always pronounced as 'nyoo'. I have heard Americans on tv and those who visit the UK, pronounce it as 'noo'.

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I'm not a native English speaker but I learnt different accents of English. The word news is pronounced as "nooz" in America. The British pronounce it as "nyooz" and kif you see the word series of the letter in this way you'll find something like this there some words below you should observe

word     England   America

tube     (tyoob)   (toob)
consume  (cunsyoom)(cunsoom)
resume   (rizyoom) (risoom)
nude     (nyood)   (nood)
assume    (asyoom)  (asoom)
duel      (dyooel)  (dooel)
duke      (dyook)   (dook)
solution  (lyooshan) (looshan)      

The suffix in the word solution is different in both countries.

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The pronunciation varies in America; many Americans pronounce it "nyooz". –  Peter Shor Apr 16 '12 at 14:21
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