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David Barnhart dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Mon Nov 9 13:44:33 UTC 2009

I was struck very early this morning with the seeming contrast between the
spelling of Judaize and the pronunciation /-i:-/ variant.

The variant is recognized by MW3 and NOAD and AHD and RHU.   Other variants
are schwa and /-ei-/.   WBD has only /-i:-/.   ACD has only /-i-/, probably
corresponding to schwa.  OED has only /-ei-/.

My question is this: where did the /-i:-/ variant come from?

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