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#2654 - 05/20/00 09:44 PM anti / semi Joined: May 2000
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Pronunciation experts! Help!
Could anyone advise what's the LITERARY way
to pronounce anti- and semi-?
(At least, in North-East US...)
It seems that most dictionaries consider
both ways - (EE) and (AY) - as legitimate.
Maybe that's a UK / US issue...
Please clarify. Thanks.
#2655 - 05/20/00 10:36 PM Re: anti / semi Joined: Mar 2000
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I don't know about the "literary" way, but it seems to be largely a UK/US issue, as you suggest. In fact it is probably a US/us issue, "us" being the Brits and ex-colonials. Interestingly, my beloved Chambers gives it as "EE" and also (my emphasis) in the US as "AY". So maybe it is a regional thing in the US. By the way, I tried the spell checker for the first time and enjoyed "excommunicate" for ex-colonials! Although a little pointed, I venture to suggest!
#2656 - 05/21/00 03:09 AM Re: anti / semi Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613 Jackie
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In the southeastern U.S., pert' near everbody do
pronounce them things lack thee-us: ant-eye, and sem-eye.
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