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[edit] A slightly different direction

  1. The dictionary gives "progrum" as an acceptable pronunciation of the word. It is not an incorrect pronunciation, and is likely prevalent in some areas.
  2. Old-Timey Strong Bad is known to use old-fashioned or regional pronunciations all the time. His pronunciation of "program" is not any more unusual than any other word he says.
  3. What we are left with is a movie preview announcer and O-T Strong Bad saying "program" in a manner supported by a major dictionary, and a single instance of TBC choosing to spell it "progrum", presumably to mimic this alternate pronunciation.

We know that in nearly every case, "program" is pronounced with the "aa" in a stressed second syllable as most US speakers would. (space program, Peasant's Quest Preview, video games) So the essential question is what TBC are actually referencing. I've changed the preface to the article to reflect that they are referencing the alternate pronunciation in these three instances based on it being unusual to them. Please voice disagreement or support here. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 04:11, 22 February 2007 (UTC)

Very true, yet they spell it as "Progrum" therefore I think they are making fun of the other pronunciation. That's what I think. --TheYellowDart(t/c) 04:14, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
I think most people pronounce "program" as rhyming with "Go Gram!" as opposed to "No, Grumm!" and that difference's the point of the reference. Yet, you think that people pronounce "program" as "progrum" sometimes and TBC are making fun of that. Is that what you think? Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 04:46, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
It seems clear to me that it's imitating the British pronunciation--just like "Er" pronounced as "Oi" seems to be imitating a Brooklyn accent. Considering that TBC have included British accents before, mainly for official-type voices, this makes sense for the interview host and movie theater announcer. And anything goes for Old-Timey Strong Bad. 00:47, 24 August 2007 (UTC)
I thought the British pronunciation was "PRO-gram" but they spelled it "programme". (I do watch a lot of BBC shows and never heard it the "other" way.) However, "progrum" sounds vaguely like it comes from a generic Southern US accent from the mid-19th century. ¡ɯooz + 01:41, 24 August 2007 (UTC)
"progrum" is dialectical in the south- so it doesn't catch my ears as much as it does others. I didn't even notice there was a running-gag here until I looked on the Wiki itself. Sneakernets 08:16, 27 November 2007 (UTC)
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