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Re: How to pronounce "subversion"

From: Jeff Lasslett <jeff.lasslett_at_datataker.com.au>
Date: 2004-03-15 04:03:09 CET

Walter Nicholls wrote:

> Hang on, which bit of Australia are you from? <gd&r>

:-) Victoria

> According to me subvert and subversive are pronounced identically --
> well, up to the 'r' anyway.

Yep I agree

> Surely subversion = sub (as in submarine) + version (as in, well,
> version?). 3 syllables.

If I'm talking about subversion as in the undermining of something then I say it
with less emphasis on the 'sub' bit. I don't think I place any emphasis on any
of the syllables, nor do I affect any extra gap between any of the syllables.
When I say the name of our beloved version control software then I tend to
emphasise the first syllable, possible because I hadn't linked the name of the
software to its possible purpose: the subversion of CVS. :-)

> (OK, I'm from New Zealand, but the dialects don't differ that much.
> Unless you're Steve Irwin <g>)

Hehe, where do I start. The kiwi accent is always a prime target for ridicule. :-)


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