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?