I know that Australians pronounce Aussie like Oz-ee. However, how should Americans pronounce it?
I have, in the past, politely corrected Americans when I hear the typical "aw-see" (\ä-sē\). It seems to be pretty widely unknown that Australians say Oz-ee.
Then, I came across a website that specifically listed Oz-ee in the wrong pronunciation column (not even in the "alternate" column). I emailed the author saying that I did not understand why this pronunciation was explicitly in the "wrong" column, and not at the very least in the alternate column.
This set the author off into a rant about how tiny dialects should not be indulged with setting the correct pronunciation for the rest of the English-speaking world. However, amid all the ranting, the only objection I really received was that the ss shouldn't become a z.
So what's the answer? Should English-speakers, no matter their dialect, use the pronunciation that the subject of the word itself uses? Or was this author correct, that the generally-accepted North American usage of aw-see is categorically "correct" for general usage, and Oz-ee should be relegated to "tiny, insignificant, meaningless dialects"*?
In other words, which is the correct pronunciation for North American speakers? I guess this question has three possible answers:
- The Australian pronunciation is correct.
- Both are OK.
- Americans should regard the Australian pronunciation as wrong for the North American accent/dialect.
* His words, not mine :) I repeat it here to give a sense of the tone of the rant, not because I (even remotely) concur.