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How do you pronounce 'hypothesis'?

hy-POTH-esis, 'o' as in 'bother'
hy-PO-thesis, 'o' as in 'both'



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May. 6th, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
I always say the first one.
May. 6th, 2014 08:08 am (UTC)
I think I read it as #3 before I heard anyone else say it....
May. 6th, 2014 08:57 am (UTC)
That's interesting. The passage in the book to which this poll refers is the following:
Your pronunciation of hypothesis suggests that you’ve read the word, but not heard it spoken very often , which means you’ve not attended school. It isn’t hypo-thesis . . . It’s hýpothésis.
Obviously "school" here means "university".

The two pronunciations being contrasted look to me like "hypo-thesis" = hy-PO-thesis, 'o' as in 'both', incorrect according to the author; and hýpothésis = HY-po-THE-sis, correct according to the author (and your childhood reading). I myself use neither; like the vast majority of respondents to the poll I say hy-POTH-esis, 'o' as in 'bother'.

Edited at 2015-05-16 10:07 pm (UTC)
May. 6th, 2014 10:35 am (UTC)
HY-po-THE-sis but with the emphasis on the 'po'.
May. 6th, 2014 11:00 am (UTC)
That's interesting - if you emphasise the "po", how does HY-po-THE-sis represent the pronunciation, rather than hy-POTH-esis or hy-PO-thesis?
May. 6th, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about this (been stuck on the machines with 15 minute gaps with little to do). I was trying to find a way of explaining it because it's definitely the 'o' sound from 1, but 'the' and 'sis' are definitely separate sounds, and 'the' doesn't like 'the' but I'm not sure what the 'e' is doing other than being barely there.
May. 6th, 2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
hy PAH th'sis, is really the closest I can get to spelling out how I say it. That PAH has got a bother-type o-sound, but if I type it out as hy POH th'sis it looks like, er, well, poh. :)
May. 6th, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
hy-PO-the-sis - definitely four syllables, with the accent in the middle.
May. 6th, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
My dictionary doesn't give any alternative pronunciations to your first option.
May. 6th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
Your dictionary is my dictionary, my love.
May. 6th, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
The first one, even though I know in Greek it's the third.
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