There are enough Google results with the misspelling above to suggest I'm not the only person who pronounces itinerary incorrectly.

So is this common or even acceptable to pronounce it in this way?

Excuse me if I'm way off the mark, but do the majority of people pronounce it differently from its spelling?

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    Nice 印章 ! Apr 14, 2011 at 7:52
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    I think it's just one of those words whose pronunciation has evolved due to careless rounding off of the word. Like the word probably tends to be pronounced "probly."
    – Neil
    Apr 14, 2011 at 9:20

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/aɪˈtɪnərəri/ seems to be the correct pronunciation, but have a listen: http://www.forvo.com/word/itinerary/

at least two of them do /aɪˈtɪnəri/

My personal opinion is to pronounce words the way the majority of respectable dictionaries and, for example news readers, would pronounce them. If I have been convinced that my pronunciation is incorrect (I try to speak and write British English) I will change it regardless of what a minority (or even a majority) would use.

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    The name for this sort of shortening is haplology, which is the shortening of a word that contains two similar syllables. Apr 14, 2011 at 13:16
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    The preferred U.S. pronunciation is /aɪˈtɪnərˌɛri/, from which it is much less likely that a syllable will be dropped. I expect this will end up one of the words like military and laboratory, where the British pronunciation drops a syllable that the Americans don't. Apr 14, 2011 at 16:27
  • As ever, we Brits lead the way in discarding redundant phonemes! I just wish we could apply the same rigour to orthography. Jun 6, 2011 at 23:54
  • It's weird... I don't know if the people/voices on forvo.com change often, but the first 3 pronunciations currently for itinerary, seems to be something like: /tɪnərəri/. In other words, the leading "i" is omitted, leaving only: "tinerary". At first I thought it was an issue of how the voices were edited/played back (and that might be the actual case), but the remainder of the people/voiced clearly pronounce it with the leading "i". So I wonder if "tinerary" (or maybe even "tinery") is actually used as well. Sep 25, 2018 at 5:57
  • If you are speaking fast, you may well say: itinery.
    – Lambie
    May 23 at 15:12

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