Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 16:47:28 -0400
From: Alan Baragona
Subject: Re: kleenex, sheetrock, and dragon systems; emoticon

At 12:07 PM 5/29/98 -0500, Mark Mandel wrote:

>(BTW)^2 and back on topic, how do YOU pronounce "emoticon"? The first time
I saw the word I thought /i.'mat.I.kan/, as
>in "lexicon", and that pron still echoes faintly for me, although I say the
word now as /'i.mot.'ay.kan/. It's an awkward
>clash of spelling and pron.
>-- Mark

Oops. Let me revise that. The pronunciation I was taught by the computer
geek had the lax /I/, not the diphthong, which is what I was looking at, but
not the /mat/. So I pronounce it /i.'mot.I.kan/.