Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 11:21:01 -0700

From: David Harnick-Shapiro david[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BUCKAROO.ICS.UCI.EDU

Subject: Re: Harassment

On Wed, 5 Apr 1995 16:19, jeffrey howard allen writes:

Sexual Harassment has been a hot topic in the business sector for some

time now. I have always heard Harassment pronounced /ha ras mEnt/ in the

NW, in Indiana, and lately in Illinois in our section meetings about the


However, I heard it pronounced /hair Is mEntNT/ on CNN Headline news the

other day by an American announcer. I recollect having heard it

pronounced this way by British colleagues as well back in France.

Are their regional variants of this word in the US? How about in the UK,

English-speaking Canada, Australia, etc?

I'd always heard the first.

When newscasters started using the word frequently, in connection

with l'affaire Anita Hill, all of a sudden the second pronunciation

seemed much more prevalent. My assumption was (and still is) that

the newsies, self-conscious about the sexual content of their speech,

were trying to avoid saying (a word containing) "ass".

Are there records of regional variation which would contradict this



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