RE: OT: How would you pronounce this word...? (no, it's not in a dictionary)

Subject: RE: OT: How would you pronounce this word...? (no, it's not in a dictionary)
From: Chuck Martin <CMartin -at- serena -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 13:44:31 -0800

After seeing this reply, I had to chime in. But before I offer my opinion,
I'd go back to this: if this new company created this new word for a name,
how to *they* want it pronounced?

Not to counter what this respondent said, but isn't this the most important
issue, rules or not?

As for me, if I saw this name and had no clue to its context or
pronunciation, I'd say PAY-see-awn, at least if it were shown just initial
capped. If either the "o" or the "on" were capped, I'd be inclined to say
PAYSE-awn, sort of like faceoff (FAYSE-off).

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dick Margulis [mailto:margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net]
> Sent: None
> Subject: Re: OT: How would you pronounce this word...? (no,
> it's not in
> a dictionary)
>

> Believe it or not, there are rules about this. And I don't
> mean Eric's rules about off-topic posts. <g> I mean rules
> about how English-speaking people pronounce a new word upon
> first encountering it in writing.
>
> In this case, the default American pronunciation is PA-see-an
> (where "a" is pronounced as in farm.
>
> If you were to intercap it as "PaceOn" or "PaceON," of
> course, the default pronunciation would change to PA-san (in
> both cases).
>
> I suspect the results would be similar if not identical in
> other parts of the English-speaking world. Perhaps others can
> comment on how the name might be pronounced by native
> speakers of some other languages.

>
> Rene Stephenson wrote:
>
> >Hi All!
>
> I'm in a start-up company that's branching off from a large,
> international corporation. The new company name is Paceon.
>
> So how would you pronounce "Paceon?" When you see the name in
> print, how do you think it's pronounced?
>

--
Chuck Martin
Sr. Technical Writer, SERENA Software

"People who use business software might despise it, but they are getting
paid to tolerate it....Most people who are paid to use a tool feel
constrained not to complain about that tool, but it doesn't stop them from
feeling frustrated and unhappy about it."
- "The Inmates are Running the Asylum"
Alan Cooper


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