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In which dialects of English does rural /ˈɹɝl/ or /ˈɹɹ̩l/ rhyme with girl /ˈgɝl/ or /ˈgɹ̩l/? I have always pronounced rural as two distinct syllables. There are better examples. — Solo Owl (talk) 21:18, 3 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Replaced lead img[edit]

This is not a good illustration for the lead of our 'bird' article

The img in the lead presented 'consonants' as having casing and serifs. It also claimed that ⟨t⟩ is the most common consonant in English, with a ref to letter frequency, additional evidence that the person who added it didn't know the difference between a sound and a glyph. I replaced it with a chart of the consonants of English, closer to what we have in the lead of vowel. Because the img has been here for 8 yrs (!!), I was advised I should explain myself here. — kwami (talk) 04:38, 14 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I said that after your removal was undone you should have discussed it here per WP:BRD before removing it a second time. I don't object to the new image. Meters (talk) 04:53, 14 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]
And the article does refer to letters as consonants: "The word consonant is also used to refer to a letter of an alphabet that denotes a consonant sound." Meters (talk) 04:57, 14 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]
That's to clarify the ambiguity to readers who might be confused, to prevent them from making that very mistake. We certainly shouldn't illustrate the lead with a mistake! A "bird" is a synonym for shuttlecock in badminton, but that doesn't mean we should illustrate the lead of bird (biology) with a shuttlecock. — kwami (talk) 05:56, 14 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]