Install and installation

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 12 03:02:50 UTC 2013

Here in Central Indiana, verbs like install and insure frequently get
penultimate stress anyway, so only context can distinguish them from their
functionally shifted nouns.


On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at>wrote:

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> It appears this pair has not been mentioned in connection with
> invite/invitation.
> Today, I saw "home theater system install unit" (or something very close
> to it) on a Geek Squad truck. Like "invite," I think this has a very high
> acceptance rate.
> Both "install" and "invite" lack a schwa sound, which may be relevant. "We
> have to do an install on 59th Street" may sound more serious or jargon-like
> to installers (and customers) because of the fuller vowel.
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
> Learn Ainu!
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