Was "bicycle" ever pronounced "bi-cycle" and if so where and when?

What's the source?

  • No. It has always been pronounced BAI-SI-KL in English. It comes from French 'bicycle' which was pronounced /bi.sikl/ [Wikitionary]. Mar 8 '21 at 18:52
  • @DecapitatedSoul Did French used to have the non-diminuative 'bicycle' but replce it with "bicyclette" at some stage?
    – BoldBen
    Mar 9 '21 at 1:18
  • @BoldBen: No clue. Wikitionary doesn't give much info about that Mar 9 '21 at 4:48

It appears to be French in origin - at least, this is the first attested use in print. And it appears always to have been one word.

See here: https://www.etymonline.com/word/bicycle and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle#Etymology

  • 1
    I think the question is more on pronunciation rather than the written form.
    – user 66974
    Mar 8 '21 at 19:13
  • So ti was - beg pardon!
    – Sunnyjohn
    Mar 9 '21 at 10:16

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