[Haskell-cafe] Pronouncing "Curry" and "currying"
donn at avvanta.com
Wed Oct 6 16:23:39 EDT 2010
Quoth Petr Pudlak <deb at pudlak.name>,
> I have a question for native English speakers: What is the correct
> pronunciation of the name "Curry" (in "Haskell Curry") and the derived
> verb "currying"? I found on Wikitonary the name is (probably) of Irish
> orgin, so I suppose that the pronunciation may by nonstandard.
I'm going to vote for `rhymes with hurry(ing).' Stress on the first
syllable, where the vowel is mid-position and unrounded, the null
vowel that's often spelled 'u'. My Irish neighbor might pronounce
it a little different - more like Car-y - but he's kind of hard to
understand, so I wouldn't take him as an example!
Is that nonstandard? I don't know - is there a standard? The only
one I know is that for any English name, the main stress falls on
the first syllable. (I think even including Gaelic origins, but
of course not counting Mac/Mc/O prefixes.) The only exception
I can think of is that most people with the Scottish name Monroe
seem to put the stress on the second syllable.
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