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30 August 2011 @ 08:57 pm
Another pronunciation poll  
Poll #1774386 Another pronunciation poll, keeping in mind that I can't do IPA here

How do you pronounce "monotheism"?

MOnotheism
34(57.6%)
moNOtheism
7(11.9%)
Some other way which I will explain in comments
18(30.5%)

How do you pronounce "polytheism"?

POlytheism
33(56.9%)
poLYtheism
9(15.5%)
Some other way which I will explain in comments
16(27.6%)

How do you pronounce "occult"?

ocCULT
50(83.3%)
OCcult
10(16.7%)
Some other way which I will explain in comments
0(0.0%)

Regardless of whether English is your first language, can you tell me where you learned to speak English (e.g., region in USA, region in Canada, other country and if desired region)?

 
 
 
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glinda_wglinda_w on August 31st, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Ditto! (upstate NY)
Lyn Thorne-Alder: chickweed kittyaldersprig on August 31st, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
Hee, me too!
Lyn Thorne-Alderaldersprig on August 31st, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Spouse (Buffalo, Ny) pronounces them as two trochee words each.
Dr. Ben Mack: Prominent User of the Internetepi_lj on August 31st, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
This describes me also.
Lyn Thorne-Alder: gearsaldersprig on August 31st, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
Hunh, there's a second accent there for me, I think.

MOnoTHEism, POLeeTHEism
Xiphias Gladiusxiphias on August 31st, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
For me, that's a secondary accent, with the primary being on the first syllable.
Autopopeautopope on August 31st, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
Ditto (UK, pronounced-RP dialect).
aedifica: Achillea millefoliumaedifica on August 31st, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
+1 (with a secondary accent on mon-, pol-)
oakwind on August 31st, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
me too:) I am a midwesterner
Thorfinnthorfinn on September 1st, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
Ditto
amaebiamaebi on August 31st, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
MOnoTheism
POlyTHEism
Arthur and Kevin's Nelloratnellorat on August 31st, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Yes! Primary and secondary accents.
Bladerunnerbldrnrpdx on August 31st, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Secondary then primary, actually. Unless I'm stressing the fact that it's mono and not poly. Then I'd use primary followed by secondary stress.

born in Pacific Northwest, mostly-american-&-heavy-brit/aussie-influence compound in the Middle East for elementary & middle school, then Pacific Northwest again (and since).
We're flat broke, but hey - we do it in style....: Oxford Commakshandra on August 31st, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
That describes it better still.
Lyn Thorne-Alder: BookGlassesaldersprig on August 31st, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
<3<3<3 your icon.
zemhitchhiker on August 31st, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
yeah, pretty much.
The World War 1 Flying Acetww1fa on August 31st, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Same here. Accent on THE for monoTHEism and polyTHEism. Occult is ocCULT.
what doesn't kill me better run: val: maverick your pants are on firecarlyinrome on August 31st, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)

Where I learned to speak English, since it was too long for the box: I moved all over the United States growing up, living in New England, the South, and the Northwest.

Buddha Buckblaisepascal on August 31st, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
I'll join the "primary accent on the THE in -theism", with a secondary accent on the "MON" and "POL". Actually, while it's hard for me to tell since trying to tell forces things, it's almost as if the stress is "Mon-o-THE-ism" and "POL-y-The-ism"

From ages 1-6 I lived in Union county North Carolina. From ages 7-40 (present) I lived in upstate/central New York (Chenango, Broome, Madison, and Tompkins counties). English is my first (and pretty much only fluent) language.
Jim Hetleyjhetley on August 31st, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
MONotheism.
POLYtheism.
Stephen Harrissweh on August 31st, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Mono The Ism (with a soft "th" making it more like a lisped "f")
Poly The Ism (same soft "th")
O' Cult (as "o" as with "Otter")

Essex, England.
Stephen Harrissweh on August 31st, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Hmm, also a long "e" in "the" so maybe the whole thing sounds like a lisped 'fee'
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Casey: dictionarypurplepathos on August 31st, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
Oops. Missed the last question. Grew up and learned to speak in Upstate New York.
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman: English Languagesiliconshaman on August 31st, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
MON-o-THE-ism
POL-y-THE-ism

The correct way, if you're speaking BBC English and not American.
Killer of Sacred Cows: grammarcopgriffen on August 31st, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Pol-lee-THEE-is-m. Slight emphasis on the first syllable, major emphasis on the third.
seawaspseawasp on September 1st, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
Learned English in many parts of the US. It's -THEism. There may be a minor secondary emphasis on the first syllable of the prefixes, but it's vastly less obvious if so.

Angela di Tenebreditenebre on September 6th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
MO-no-THE-ism
PO-ly-THE-ism