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Chessmann
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I've always pronounced it REH-cloos, but recently I've heard people say reh-CLOOS.

How do you pronounce it? Have you ever even thought about this before? Smile
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I've heard both.

I accent the second syllable.
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It's partly regional.

Generalizing: the prefix "re" is only pronounced with a vowel (meaning the syllable is stressed) in Southern (and country) dialects. Most Americans unstress the syllable, and use a schwa.

I'm not Canadian, so I'll admit that I'm an expert in this stuff.
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I try quite hard to avoid enunciating schwas.

I pronounce it ree-CLOOSE.
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On Jul 20, 2015, S2000magician wrote:
I try quite hard to avoid enunciating schwas.


I know. Which is why we need to meet some day.

But would you agree that your avoidance of the schwa is unusual?
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On Jul 20, 2015, S2000magician wrote:
I try quite hard to avoid enunciating schwas.

I know. Which is why we need to meet some day.

But would you agree that your avoidance of the schwa is unusual?

Yup.

(Pronounced YOOP.)
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Yup.

(Pronounced YOOP.)


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Either is acceptable, but I'd go with accenting the first syllable. When confronted with a word like "record," the noun usually gets the accent on the first syllable, and the verb on the second. This is not quite that, but close enough.
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On Jul 20, 2015, stoneunhinged wrote:
It's partly regional.

Generalizing: the prefix "re" is only pronounced with a vowel (meaning the syllable is stressed) in Southern (and country) dialects. Most Americans unstress the syllable, and use a schwa.

I'm not Canadian, so I'll admit that I'm an expert in this stuff.


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I personally prefer, "Ahh! Get the @#%$! away from me!" but whatever floats your boat.
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I would say ree-CLOOSE.
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The most common pronunciation around here, where we have a lot of those critters, is reh-CLOOS.

Makes sense to me because I've never heard "reclusive" ("reh-CLOOS-iv") prounounced as "REE-cloos-iv" or REH-cloo-siv."
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Yet, if you were discussing a person with agoraphobia, you'd likely accent the first syllable: REH-cloose.
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Yet, if you were discussing a person with agoraphobia, you'd likely accent the first syllable: REH-cloose.


Stong and weak forms. Phonetics 101.
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Simply call it Loxosceles reclusa. Oh, never mind.
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On Jul 20, 2015, mastermindreader wrote:
The most common pronunciation around here, where we have a lot of those critters, is reh-CLOOS.

Makes sense to me because I've never heard "reclusive" ("reh-CLOOS-iv") prounounced as "REE-cloos-iv" or REH-cloo-siv."


On the other side, when describing a very solitary person, I have only heard the REH-close pronunciation.

"That man lives alone and avoids people at all costs. He is such a REH-cloos."

Then again, there are many words that change pronunciation in their different forms.
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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