pronunciation encountered

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Dec 30 18:04:11 UTC 2008

On Dec 30, 2008, at 9:53 AM, David Barnhart wrote:

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> Last evening I had dinner at a relative's house.  Never met her or her
> family before.  They all seemed surprised at my unfamiliarity with
> oxymoron
> pronounced as . ok ZIM uhr uhn
> Anyone ever heard this?  It must be a spelling pronunciation, with
> em PHA
> sis on the wrong sy LAH bull.  I didn't hear anyone there say the word
> film-as one or two syllables.

new to me.  but i had a crisis of self-confidence and went to check
the OED.  both pronunciations have primary accent on the third syllable.


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