I once noticed somebody spelled "whine" as "whinge" and thought it was an egregious and hilarious typo. But it turns out that "whinge" is an acceptable spelling among writers of the "Queen's" (British) English (I've never seen it written that way by an American).

So: how is "whinge" pronounced - the same way as "whine," with a long "i" (but a silent "g")? If it is pronounced otherwise, is it a long or short "i"? And is it a silent "g", a soft "g" ("j") or a hard "g" (as in "goat")?

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    Ask the OED — or a Scot: both will tell you it’s /hwɪndʒ/.
    – tchrist
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 18:18
  • Perhaps it was my recent usage in a comment that you "once noticed". I must be honest and admit that earlier on I'd specifically written whining in my answer text, because I wasn't sure whether to spell the word I really meant to use with an e or not. With singing, singeing we need the e to resolve ambiguity, but apparently it's not required in whinging. (Spelling not being my strong point, I checked before daring to use it! :) Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 18:23
  • @FumbleFingers: No, it was on StackOverflow, several months (at least) ago. Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 18:29
  • @B. Clay Shannon: You obviously have a better memory than me! I'd only used the word 10-15 minutes before your post here, and I was still annoyed with myself for being such a lousy speller. But if it had been several hours earlier (let alone days, weeks, or months) I'm sure I'd have forgotten. The awful truth for me is I'll probably have to Google the spelling again next time I want to write whinging. (That's not counting this time, which I checked by looking at my earlier comment here! :) Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 19:13
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    On a related note, this answer to a different question about "whinge" explains the history of the word, and how it overlaps but is not quite identical in meaning to "whine".
    – M. Justin
    Commented Mar 28, 2021 at 8:03

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It is actually pronounced winjde (wɪn(d)ʒ)

A simple google search would tell you - it has a listen button.

  • That is doubly hilarious; contemplating somebody "WIN-jing" makes what is otherwise a pitiable state quite maudlin and macabre. Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 18:17
  • That is not what the OED has.
    – tchrist
    Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 0:00
  • @tchrist what does it have?
    – Tim
    Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 15:21
  • It has /hwɪndʒ/.
    – tchrist
    Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 0:00

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