[Haskell-cafe] Pronouncing "Curry" and "currying"

Donn Cave 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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