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Well, we do say LABoratory here, though

Posted by R. Berg on August 13, 2003

In Reply to: Well, we do say LABoratory here, though posted by GPP on August 13, 2003

: : Does anyone other than me still say EXquisite (rather than exQUISite), HOSpitable, PREparatory, etc? Americans, at least, are seemingly incapable of accenting the first syllable of any multisyllabic word. I cringe whenever I hear forMIDable or apPLICable.

: Or preFERably.

This American here says EXquisite, hosPITable, prePARatory, FORmidable, and APplicable. I believe all five pronunciations are correct.

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