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  • noun Plural form of name.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of name.

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  • noun verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument


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  • I once had a teacher who recommended pronouncing proper names the way they are pronounced by the people they denote, so “Jon Stewart�? is /ˈdʒɑn ˈstuɚt/ but “Patrick Stewart�? is /ˈpætrɪk ˈstju�?ət/. I’ve since grown accustomed to pronouncing “Oxford�? the British way, but there are lots of traps and pitfalls: How am I to pronounce “Dictionary�? in “Oxford English Dictionary�? (after all it’s capitalized) and how “Oxford�? in “New Oxford American Dictionary�?? It’s all very discombobulating.

    Is there some guiding rule, some accepted standard, some elegant dichotomy?

    Thanks in advance.

    October 26, 2009