Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 11:21:01 -0700 From: David Harnick-Shapiro 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 > topic. > > 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 interpretation? -------- David Harnick-Shapiro Internet: david[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Information and Computer Science UUCP: ...!{ucbvax,zardoz}!ucivax!david University of California, Irvine