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#207950 - 11/08/12 05:28 AM Basalt  
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I have always heard this word pronounced buh-SALT. But today on the History Channel this guy who spoke like an American called it BASS-alt.
How do you-all say it?

#207951 - 11/08/12 08:20 AM Re: Basalt [Re: Jackie]  
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How do you-all say it?

I've heard both pronunciations for years. Just assumed it was a regionalism like with almonds and pecans. I tend to accent the ultimate syllable.


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
#207952 - 11/08/12 10:48 AM Re: Basalt [Re: Jackie]  
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In the context of my study of geology and my conversations with geologists (mostly US) over several decades, the pronunciation there seems to be buh-SALT. In the population at large (US), I have on rare occasions heard the pronunciation BAY-salt.

#207959 - 11/08/12 05:37 PM Re: Basalt [Re: Tromboniator]  
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It is all over Israel, especially in Galilee, and they
say BAY-salt, at least from my conversations there.


----please, draw me a sheep----
#207961 - 11/08/12 11:51 PM Re: Basalt [Re: Jackie]  
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Havent's said basalt for a long long time. Thank you Jackie, brightens my day. So bazs-ALT to you!

#207963 - 11/09/12 06:13 AM Re: Basalt [Re: BranShea]  
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The term (at least among the geologists in the southern South) is pronounced "BAH salt".
Who's to argue? frown

#207967 - 11/09/12 12:53 PM Re: Basalt [Re: Jackie]  
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We ain't arguing, jj. We just collecting data.

#207968 - 11/09/12 02:30 PM Re: Basalt [Re: Faldage]  
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Not to argue, Faldage, but I used the the term "Who's to argue?" felicitously. As in "Wanna fight?" smile

#207976 - 11/10/12 06:30 AM Re: Basalt [Re: jenny jenny]  
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If you do, you might be charged with basalt and hattery.

#207982 - 11/11/12 02:37 PM Re: Basalt [Re: Tromboniator]  
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Listen, Tromboninator; say what you will about my basalt, but you doesn't have to insult my hat. laugh

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