The song Russians by String contains the following line:

Regardless of ideology

I listened to the song dozens of times by now, and Sting pronounce the word "of" in that sentence in a way that sounds like "vai". I kept listening, and just couldn't figure any logical reason for this.

I thought it might be "by", but "Regardless by ideology" doesn't make sense as well. (And no results in a search.)

Does anyone have any idea why String pronounce it in this way?

  • @xhienne thanks for the edit, thought about it as well but didn't do it myself. :) Mar 1, 2021 at 15:51

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(caveat: I'm not a native English speaker)

Your are not mistaken, there is a "vai". Actually, what I hear is:


Your "vai" is actually the end of "of" (pronounced with an ending /v/) directly bound to the "i" (pronouced /aɪ/) of "ideology".

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