Acme--two syllables or three? :)

Dale Coye Dalecoye at AOL.COM
Sat Jul 24 17:47:35 UTC 2004

I've never heard ACK uh mee before, but it's a agreat example of a sound
change called epenthesis.   Other examples would be ath-uh-lete or ath-uh-let-ic
(never heard anyone say this either, but theres a famous Ring Lardner story, I
believe it's "You can look it up" where the narrator refers to the
Philadelphia Ath-uh-letics.  Another example is el-um for elm, fil-um for film which some
dialects use.

Dale Coye
The College of NJ

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