pronunciation encountered ("oxymoron")

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Tue Dec 30 18:31:51 UTC 2008

And the normal pronunciation makes it easy for young students to perceive and enjoy the etymology--the cognacity with "moron"!


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>Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 10:04:11 -0800
>From: Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU>
>On Dec 30, 2008, at 9:53 AM, David Barnhart wrote:
>> 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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