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Re: How to pronounce "subversion"

From: Jeff Lasslett <jeff.lasslett_at_datataker.com.au>
Date: 2004-03-15 04:24:57 CET

C. Michael Pilato wrote:

> Jeff Lasslett <jeff.lasslett@datataker.com.au> writes:
>>Where does the emphasis go?
>>Is it pronounced like subvert, or subversive;
>>OR are the syllibles more distinct from each other as in submarine?
> Perhaps it's just me, but the syllables in "subversive" are every bit
> as distinct as those in "submarine". Are you are alluding to some
> sort of near-silent 'b'? If so, then, no, none of the words in this
> mail beginning with s-u-b (include "Subject") contains such a thing.

No. I'm not alluding to some sort of near-silent 'b'.

I was thinking of the name "subversion" as a merging of the words subordinate
and version. Not as "a subversion" of something else.

At this rate I'll be sampling myself saying it both ways in order to make myself
understood here. :-)

In my head it could be one of two things:
        (a) a subversion: an underminer or detractor
        (b) a subversion: a version underneath (not really a definition of

I was pronouncing (b) differently to (a). It's the 'u' I think. It's shorter
in (a).

Clear as mud?

Probably I'm just an idiot, placing emphasis randomly on different syllables.


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