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#118028 - 12/21/03 12:42 PM Strong language?
Jackie Offline
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This morning, I heard some sort of bigwig on television use the word herculean. She pronounced it hair-KYEW-lee-un, which I had never heard before. I say her-kyew-LEE-un. What do you all say?


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#118029 - 12/21/03 12:54 PM Re: Strong language?
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Maybe she was talking about Poirot?

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#118030 - 12/21/03 01:21 PM Re: Strong language?
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Dear Jackie: Webster 1913 agrees with you.


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#118031 - 12/21/03 02:11 PM Re: Strong language?
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her-KYEW-lee-uhn here.

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#118032 - 12/21/03 05:55 PM Re: Strong language?
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I've always (on the rare occasions I've used the word) accented the second syllable, probably because that's the way I heard it pronounced (and there might have been a little Poirot carryover).


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#118033 - 12/21/03 07:22 PM Re: Strong language?
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I don't think I've ever uttered this word. But when I've read it, my mind heard her-KYEW-lee-un. FWIW.


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#118034 - 12/21/03 07:37 PM Re: Strong language?
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One of the reasons I thought of the little Belgian after reading Jackie's original post was that the lady she heard not only stressed the KEWL, but pronounced the first syllable as "hair". If I were to use the adjective in connexion with the famous fop, I would say it very similarly, although, of course, without voicing the "h".

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#118035 - 12/21/03 09:13 PM Re: Strong language?
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FWIW, I pronounce it as you do, Jackie, with the emphasis on the LE. Can't say I've ever heard it pronounced the other way, nor did that pronunciation ever occur to me. Interesting.


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#118036 - 12/22/03 06:30 AM Re: Strong language?
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I'm with NancyK and Jackie. I've only heard herculean pronounced with the third syllable stressed here in VA. The word is uncommonly used, but it does show its muscles occasionally.


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#118037 - 12/22/03 08:47 AM Re: Strong language?
Jackie Offline
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Well, I'm sure glad I finally got somebody on my side--I was starting to worry!
show its muscles



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