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#123598 - 02/21/04 12:40 PM epenthesis
wwh Offline
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Date: Thu Aug 16 00:01:17 EDT 2001
Subject: A.Word.A.Day--epenthesis

epenthesis (uh-PEN-thu-sis) noun

Insertion of an extra sound into a word, e.g. fillum for film.

[From Late Latin, from Greek epentithenai, to insert : ep-, epi-,
(in addition) + en- (in) thesis (to place), stem of tithenia (to put).]



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#123599 - 02/22/04 07:20 PM Re: epenthesis
Sparteye Offline
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One of the more common and annoying examples of epenthesis is with the word "athlete," which is often pronounced as "ath-a-lete." It makes my teeth grind.


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#123600 - 02/22/04 08:05 PM Re: epenthesis
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And it can be avoided by just calling them "jocks".


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