Mighty Red Pen

June 28, 2009

Enunciate vs annunciate

Filed under: Pop culture,Spellbound,Word wars — mighty red pen @ 7:15 pm
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This little tidbit spotted at the Huffington Post.


So here’s the deal. When you want to announce or proclaim something, you might annunciate it. (I didn’t think this was an actual word but apparently it is. Like I say, you can teach an old MRP new tricks, although this word doesn’t appear to be in regular usage.) When you want to carefully pronounce a word so that you are understood, which is apparently important to Perez Hilton, you enunciate it.



  1. “Annunciate” is commonly used in reference to alarms. The strobe light, horn, siren, graphic display, controller message, etc. are generally referred to as the “annunciators”.

    Comment by wisepeppy — August 2, 2011 @ 10:47 am | Reply

  2. Totally agree.

    Comment by Liu — November 22, 2011 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

  3. What is the proper past tense of annunciate when used in reference to an alarm or strobe? Annunciated is not shown in many dictionaries.

    Comment by engrwriter — November 13, 2012 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  4. Please forgive me if I am wrong, but comment 1, did you mean to say “Accentuate”?

    1- draw attention to something: to make a feature of something more noticeable

    2- stress something: to emphasize a syllable, word, or phrase when saying it

    Comment by David Ishmael Solomon Love — December 12, 2013 @ 10:43 pm | Reply

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