Frank Abate abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Thu Nov 1 15:02:33 UTC 2001

To add to the items mentioned so far, as I have not seen others mention it:
"DEE-fens".  This seems to be very common for all US speakers when the
context is sports, esp. (Amer) football.  That is, it is the "d at -FENS"
Department, but the [pick your NFL or college team] "DEE-fens".

Frank Abate

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