Help:WildWords Respelling Guide

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WildWords has decided to use a respelling system, because it bases pronunciation off of other words, and allows the reader to use their own personal speech patterns, instead of forcing the user to conform to a speech pattern other than their own.

The System

This system was chosen due to high simplicity in readability without necessarily needing to refer to the chart. However, the chart still remains as a reference for any reader who is confused, and as the standard for any writer adding to WildWords.


Symbol Sample Word
b bed, dab
ch chin, itch
d dip, bad
f fit, laugh
g get, dig
h hop, hat
j jump, age
k cat, lake
l lap, sail
m met, ham
n need, ban
ŋ sing, rang
p put, lap
r red, far
s sell, pass
sh sheep, session
t top, sat
th thin, with
th that, rather
v van, save
w will, awake
y yet, yogurt
z zoo, jazz
zh pleasure, vision


Symbol Sample Word
a cat, ladder
ah father
aw all, paw
ay laid, great
ayr America, fair
e bed, ten
ee bee, leaf
i nice, sigh
ih his, miss
o go, nose
or soar, core, floor
oo pool, boot
ow now, pout
oy toy, coin
u look, put
uh up, luck
ə ago, legal, occur
ər learn, bird


Syllables will be separated by spaces. Stress will be indicated by an apostrophe at the beginning of a stressed syllable. Separate words will be separated by a forward slash.


  • iguana [ih ‘gwah nə]
  • logistics [lə ‘jih stihks]
  • rather [‘ra thər]
  • Norris ['nor rihs]
  • United States of America [yoo ‘ni ted / stayts / əv / ə ‘mer ih ka]

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Acronyms and Initialisms

Terms that are pronounced letter by letter (e.g. NCE) are considered to be made up of different words and thus separated by forward slashes as in [‘en / ‘see / ‘ee]. Terms that are pronounced as a word (e.g. PARC) or some unique pronunciation (e.g. NESB) use spaces to separate different syllables as in [‘pahrk] or [‘nez ‘bee]. When using forward slashes, there is a space before and after the slash. Stress marks are placed according to spoken emphasis.