, translated by the author, helped and sped up by suggestions from Google Translate.
This morning I pointed out a fallacy to someone again, the fallacy of the single cause, and I suddenly wondered, “how do you really say that, ‘fallacy’?” I knew almost 100% it has the same vowel as folly *), fall, ball, call, hall and wall. But better look it up to be certain.
I haven't known the word for very long, maybe 15 years. But I have been working on my English for over 50 years, with a special interest in English pronunciation. And then still make such a mistake? Unbelievable. Luckily I never actually pronounced the word in English speaking company, I only ever wrote it. It would have been a bit of a let down. I rarely speak English anyway. But I can do it quite well, even if I say so myself.
Which one exactly? In both American and British English, ‘folly’ and ‘fall’ do not have the same vowel. ‘Knowledgeable’ is a better example, with a similar word meter. It has the vowel of ‘folly’, ‘dolly’, and ‘holly’.