For some du words, the Oxford Dictionary of English lists multiple British English pronunciations, i.e.:

  • reduce: [rɪˈdjuːs], [rɪˈdʒuːs]
  • arduous: [ˈɑːdjʊəs], [ˈɑːdʒʊəs]
  • endure: [ɪnˈdjʊə], [ɛnˈdjʊə], [ɪnˈdʒɔː], [ɛnˈdʒɔː]

However, for other, similar words, the [dʒ] variant(s) is/are not listed:

  • due: [djuː]
  • produce: [prəˈdjuːs]

I have had a blanket pronunciation for most, if not all of these kind of words, off the cuff: the [dʒ] variant. Is [dʒ] an acceptable alternative to [dj] for those words where only [dj] is listed?

  • @ruakh Those links aren't working for me, somehow. I have found some Oxford entries which only list [dj]: 1 2 – Mad Banners Jan 7 '17 at 5:48
  • @ruakh: The Oxford University Press publishes various dictionaries. The one that is publicly available at "oxforddictionaries.com" (seemingly now styled "Oxford Living Dictionaries") is not the same as the OED. – herisson Jan 7 '17 at 5:51
  • @sumelic Which is the authoritative edition? Which editions do Google and Apple use? :) – Mad Banners Jan 7 '17 at 5:53
  • @MadBanners: The OED is generally considered more impressive and authoritative, but they're designed for different things so it's a bit of a case of comparing apples and oranges. The OED is a "historical dictionary". Definitions are presented in order of etymological priority and there are many historical quotations; they try to get the earliest examples they can find of a word being used. The other "Oxford Dictionaries" are focused on modern usage, with alternate definitions for a word being arranged more-or-less from most to least common. – herisson Jan 7 '17 at 6:04
  • Google and Apple's definitions seem to be sourced from some versions of the Oxford Dictionaries of current English, not from the OED. – herisson Jan 7 '17 at 6:05

The pronunciation you mention has been described as common, and does not seem to be particularly stigmatized. I have no idea why the Oxford Dictionary only shows it as a possibility for "reduce" and not for "produce". According to Greg Brooks, Dictionary of the British English Spelling System:

All the words in which /dʒ/ is spelt ⟨d⟩ were formerly pronounced with the sequence /dj/, and conservative RP-speakers may still pronounce them that way (or imagine they do). [...] However, I think in current RP the process of affricating /dj/ to /dʒ/ is virtually complete (as Cruttenden, 2014: 83 says) and has eliminated pronunciations with /dj/, which I have therefore ignored. (p. 66)

  • This may be another kettle of fish, but what of [ɒpəˈtjuːnɪti] versus [ɒpəˈtʃuːnɪti]? – Mad Banners Jan 7 '17 at 7:02
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    Brooks says essentially the same thing about /tʃ/ on page 59. – herisson Jan 7 '17 at 7:10

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