Pronunciation of "malware"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Jun 5 01:01:46 UTC 2013

On Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM, Charles C Doyle wrote:
> This afternoon a local TV newscaster (Atlanta) pronounced "malware" with
> the first syllable like "mall."  I would pronounce the first syllable to rhyme
> with "pal"--though I don't believe I have ever actually spoken the word;
> perhaps I hadn't even heard it spoken.  I there a "standard" pronunciation?

These dictionaries agree that the first syllable rhymes with "pal":


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