How Do You Spell 38-38?
The word "38-38" is spelled out as "thirty-eight, hyphen, thirty-eight," and can be transcribed phonetically as /ˈθɜːrtiˌeɪt hʌɪfən ˈθɜːrtiˌeɪt/. The first part, "thirty-eight," is pronounced with a voiced dental fricative /ð/ sound, followed by a long "eɪ" diphthong for the vowel sound, and a voiceless alveolar fricative /s/ sound. The word is then separated by a hyphen, followed by the same pronunciation for the second half of the word, "thirty-eight." This spelling is used to explicitly indicate the two separate numbers that are being referred to.