Date: Sun, 12 Nov 1995 09:39:42 -0500

From: James C Stalker stalker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU

Subject: Re: RhetORic

My 18 yr old son consistently pronounces lethargy with the stress on the second

syllable, and appropriate vowel shifts. I, being a dutiful father, pointed out

that in lethargic, the

stress was on the second syllable, but in lethargy it was on the first (ignoring

differential stress). He said that if I wanted to do it that way, OK, but he

was going to make them sound the same because he preferred it that way.

My guess is that he learned lethargic first and applied that pronunciation to

the noun.