I find some interjections to be too tricky to pronounce.

Can anyone help me with this one? Is there any specialized dictionary that reports the pronunciation of interjections?

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I'm not sure brrm is an "interjection", but let that pass.

It's an example of onomatopoeia. That link gives many more onomatopoeic words, but curiously it doesn't have brrm, which is pronounced broom.

Many if not most people say/write vrrrm for the same sound, and in both cases the word is often repeated. The precise number of r's may vary, and sometimes it'll be written as, for example, vroom vroom (it's often intending to convey the sound of a racing car revving up).

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  • Funny, I thought it was a contraction of barroom, which is either a type of saloon or an elephant fart. – Robusto Jun 26 '11 at 16:49
  • I thought it was a Welsh word at first. I think @Robusto was closer. – JeffSahol Jun 26 '11 at 16:51
  • I would argue that it's pronounced brum with option extra Rs and Ms. – Matt E. Эллен Jun 26 '11 at 17:08
  • @Matt Ellen: Might you be a Northern British speaker, by any chance? Anyway, NGram has far more vroom than any other variant (it's pointless searching for broom). It also shows that if there's no vowel, double r is much more common than three or more. And if additional m's are used at all, they're too rare to be reported by NGram. – FumbleFingers Jun 26 '11 at 18:35
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    I would not. Vroooooommm! – Matt E. Эллен Jun 26 '11 at 21:42

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