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#123598 - 02/21/04 12:40 PM epenthesis
Date: Thu Aug 16 00:01:17 EDT 2001
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).]
#123599 - 02/22/04 07:20 PM Re: epenthesis
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.
#123600 - 02/22/04 08:05 PM Re: epenthesis
And it can be avoided by just calling them "jocks".
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