How do you pronounce 'tapir' ? I swear years ago tapir was pronounced tay-pur however these days every man and his dog pronounces it Tay-pee-ur (at least they do here in the UK). Having looked on line at the Oxford English Dictionary, the Cambridge English Dictionary and Wikipedia it seems it is pronounced tay-pur. I increasingly feel self-conscious about the way I pronounce the word so does anyone else pronounces tapir as I do? And where did the unnecessary extra vowel sound come from?