What is the meaning of `parochial’? How is the word pronounced?

The `a’ is like the `a’ in `china’, and the following `o’ sounds like the `o’ in `go’, `so’ and `no’. The `ch’ is like the `k’ in `king’, `kiss’, and `kit’, and the final `ial’ is like the `ial’ in `matrimonial’ and `ceremonial’.. The main stress is on the second syllable.

Did you watch the one-day match between India and South Africa played in Kolkata? People in the crowd were booing the Indian players because the so-called `Prince of Kolkata’ had been left out of the Indian team. The crowd was parochial in its outlook. When you say that someone is parochial, what you mean is that he is very narrow minded.

In the one-day match, the spectators gave the impression that they were more interested in the fortunes of their `dada’, rather than that of the Indian team. The word has a negative connotation.

*Kim has a very parochial attitude. I don’t want him as a team member. * Many of the political parties are very parochial in their outlook.

 Source: The Hindu ‘Know Your English’ Series, December 19, 2005

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