In dictionaries like Cambridge or Oxford it pronounced like "stjupid". But I hear how some people pronounce it like "stchupid". Is it different dialect or what's the reason?

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    You are hearing regional differences. Commented Jun 26, 2020 at 23:43
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    @chaslyfromUK Oy vey! [ˈstjupɪd] vs [ˈstupɪd] is regional, but [ˈʃtupɪd] is a completely different shtick. See also schmooze, schlep, schlock, schmaltz, shpiel and plenty more besides.
    – tchrist
    Commented Jun 27, 2020 at 0:05
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    It's very common to hear people pronounce "stupid" stupidly, usually for the sense of irony.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 27, 2020 at 1:09

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I assume that with stchupid you mean to represent a pronunciation starting with something like [stʃ] in the International phonetic alphabet (the "s" sound of "say" followed by the "ch" sound of "chew").

In British English, words that dictionaries show as having syllable-initial consonant clusters /tj/ and /dj/ are often pronounced with phonetic affricates [tʃ] or [dʒ]. This has been discussed elsewhere on this site; see Nardog's answer here. Likewise, /stj/ can sound like [stʃ].


In British-English that would be "stew-pid"; in American-English that would be "stoo-pid"

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