I know in some dialects of Southwestern Mandarin 吸 is read ji or jie. This is most likely due to the fact that 吸 is made up of 口 + 及 and 及 is read ji or jie in these same topolects.

Does this phenomenon occur in any other Sinitic topolects? I know, for instance, that 酝酿 read wen rang is common through a few different languages. So it may be that 吸, ji or jie is also common at the grassroots.


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    The correct way to say it is xi Not all Chinese characters pronounce the same without the partial parts。 Some may apply to traditional Chinese characters – MMhuhu Mar 15 at 7:52
  • Which dialects? – Aurus Huang Mar 31 at 8:10
  • @AurusHuang 岷江片 for sure – Mou某 Apr 3 at 13:30

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