On tonight’s The Vote, the team were discussing whether New Zealand is racist.

Except a few of the people were pronouncing the word “racist” in a funny way: ray-schist (as opposed to ray-cyst).

The online MacMillian dictionary has the ‘cyst’ sound.

But then this random site with different country’s pronounciations has a New Zealander with a definite ‘schist’ twang.

Can anyone explain? Why the rocky sound? Where did it come from?


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