IPA "choosing" correct pronunciations of words I was reading a thread here (yes, I can read) when I saw people talking about the IPA "choosing" correct pronunciations of words. Who are they to do this? How can this bunch of lowlifes say that how I pronounce "egg" or "pretend" is wrong? Btw, "egg" has an "a" sound in it, a long a, and pretend has a long e and a short e, in that order. There's no short i's in pretend, and no short e's in egg. Also, cot and caught are homophones to me. Bonus points for guessing the thread I was reading, or my region of living.