Learn English – the pronunciation of parenthesized ‘read’


In sentences like the following one, what is the pronunciation of the word read? I have always pronounced it red, as past-tense, but I have, a couple of times, heard it pronounced reed, as instruction to the reader.

The text was unhelpful (read a waste of money) for the class.

(As a side note/question, is there a specific term for that usage of read or its parenthesized sub-sentence?)

Best Answer

I've always said it reed, understanding it in the instruction-to-the-reader sense. I can't have heard somebody say it out loud more than a handful of times in my life, but in none of the cases did the speaker say red.