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I was just checking dictionary.com and the pronunciation of "minute" doesn't seem to change in these two setences:

  • It is five minutes past the hour.
  • I'll take any change, no matter how minute.

However, I always hear it pronounced differently.

On dictionary.com you can hear the pronunciation of minute in the context of, "5 minutes past the hour". However, the pronunciation -- as I've heard -- in the phrase "no matter how minute" isn't on the pronunciation key. I'd have thought that I'm spelling this word wrong but others are having this problem also and ChaCha confirms the spelling.

I always heard "minute" in "no matter how minute" pronounced my • noot.

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closed as general reference by Matt Эллен, RegDwigнt May 6 '12 at 17:49

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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You are only looking at the first definition. Look at the other definition on the same page (beneath the example sentences), the pronunciation there is as you expect. –  Matt Эллен May 6 '12 at 17:08
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oh Jesus Christ, the pronunciation for the adjective is below the fold, what kind of shitty dictionary.com format is that. –  Evan Carroll May 6 '12 at 17:08
    
I'll be grabbing for m-w.com next time around. –  Evan Carroll May 6 '12 at 17:08
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Minute as in tiny is a different word from minute of time, although they have a similar origin. I would pronounce "no matter how minute" as "my-newt" (a long 'i' and a long 'u') and "wait a minute" as "mi-nit" (two short 'i's). (I speak British English.)

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