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Oct. 10th, 2005

Poll #587580 Pronunciation of "divisive"

How do you pronounce "divisive"?

di-VISS-ive         /dəˈvɪsɪv/
di-VIZZ-ive         /dəˈvɪzɪv/
di-VICE-ive         /dəˈvaɪsɪv/
di-VIZE-ive         /dəˈvaɪzɪv/
other (please explain in comments)

I'm asking because I heard an interview with Tom Daschle this morning and was really surprised by his pronunciation; wondering if it's just a South Dakota thing, or if it's more widespread?

(The mysterious symbols between slashes are the international phonetic alphabet renderings of the sounds, to try and make it clearer what I mean - probably unsuccessfully!)


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Oct. 10th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
i had to say it out loud a few times to be sure how i said it :)
Oct. 10th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
Now I'm suddenly unsure. How can I pronounce it the same as most of the rest of your flist? Even given that I haven't a strong Cork accent, I know I manage to mangle most words if I don't concentrate...
Oct. 11th, 2005 08:56 am (UTC)
Lets hear it for the Cork accents (especially the not so strong ones)! Town or country? In either case though, for this word your pronunciation is likely to match the mainstream as that is the longest vowel option. Cork loves its long vowels. If you had the strong West Cork accent you might have to petition nwhyte to add a dipthong option.
Oct. 11th, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC)
Country. Innishannon, to be precise. But I have lost almost everything but a tendency to pronounce "like" in the West Cork way...
Oct. 11th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Right so!

We live in Cork City now but I went to school in Bandon all those years ago.
Oct. 11th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
Which one did Tom Daschle use? I don't think I have ever heard option 1 used so am wondering if that was it.
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