Accents in Am. English
prez234 at JUNO.COM
Fri Jun 16 06:28:46 UTC 2000
I've always said "fortay" -- and to me, the word is borrowed from Latin,
"a strong point," the neuter nominative of fortis. Remember the Olympic
motto, "Citius, Altius, Fortius."
Someone else had mentioned "data" -- On the TV show, Star Trek: The Next
Generation, someone calls Data "Dat-ta" and he immediately corrects him
and he says his name is "Day-ta." Of course, the classical Latin
pronunciation would be "Dat-ta" but as in "silo" a vowel on the end of an
Anglo-Saxon word can make the previous vowel long, "Day-ta."
So, would I be off the mark in saying that "Day-ta" is singular but
"Dat-ta" is plural?
We have an in-house editor who insists that data is always plural. I've
always liked the expression: "If you torture the data enough, it will
confess to anything." (somehow "they will confess" doesn't carry quite
the same effect). Then again, maybe it's like "Ham and eggs is my
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