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Re: How to pronounce "subversion"

From: Tim Fanelli <tim_at_eskeeter.net>
Date: 2004-03-15 04:34:18 CET

Hahah -- I just joined the list and this is what I'm getting in my
inbox :).

I pronounce it "subversion" -- as is a version underneath; I believe
this pronunciation is backed by versioning concept, as each commit
essentially makes a sub-version of the previous.

The difference in pronunciation is extremely subtle, and I applaud your
effort in attempting this via email.

Tim Fanelli
Software Engineer
Clarkson University

On Mar 14, 2004, at 10:24 PM, Jeff Lasslett wrote:

> 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
> subversion).
>
> 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.
>
> Cheers,
> Jeff
>
>
>
>
>
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