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- noun Plural form of
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The orthoepists Peter Levins (1570) and Elisha Coles (late 17th cent.) both include the word among those which have unstressed -y, and Johnson (1755), W.
Several of the orthoepists comment about new and old-fashioned pronunciations, for instance.
So there you have it: those who dutifully obey the dicta of modern orthoepists of the Safire variety should immediately cease using the barbarous pronunciation that has so unfortunately overtaken the word one.
For these words we refer all whom it may concern to the dictionaries of the best orthoepists, by which they will be instructed that it is not pronounced say-crifice but sac-rifize.
There is error and discrepance in the schemes of the orthoepists, which shows the impossibility of carrying them into effect.
_finance_, _ignoramus_, _gratis_, etc. There are many words in our language about whose pronunciation the best orthoepists and lexicographers differ greatly.