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Strong language? #118028
12/21/03 05:42 PM
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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?


Re: Strong language? #118029
12/21/03 05:54 PM
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Maybe she was talking about Poirot?


Re: Strong language? #118030
12/21/03 06:21 PM
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Dear Jackie: Webster 1913 agrees with you.


Re: Strong language? #118031
12/21/03 07:11 PM
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her-KYEW-lee-uhn here.



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Re: Strong language? #118032
12/21/03 10:55 PM
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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).


Re: Strong language? #118033
12/22/03 12:22 AM
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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.


Re: Strong language? #118034
12/22/03 12:37 AM
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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".


Re: Strong language? #118035
12/22/03 02:13 AM
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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.


Re: Strong language? #118036
12/22/03 11:30 AM
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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.


Re: Strong language? #118037
12/22/03 01:47 PM
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Well, I'm sure glad I finally got somebody on my side--I was starting to worry!
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