Re: Which characters to use for (pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd)

From: James Kass (
Date: Tue Oct 16 2007 - 14:54:40 CDT

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    > Which characters to use for (pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd)?

    Would this be a good candidate for a FAQ page?

    Kenneth Whistler wrote,

    > Certainly the "pronunciation" doesn't pass muster as an actual
    > representation, because it wouldn't need 4 stress marks. And
    > the e-acutes don't follow American dictionaries, either. They
    > might have been a substitution for schwas that the font didn't
    > have.

    They might have been for mere effect, as in the band name
    "Blue Ă–yster Cult" and others. (See the Wikipedia article
    if interested in gratuitous diacritics in band names.)

    The intended audience might be expected to mentally remove the
    diacritics and just pronounce it "leh-nerd skin-nerd". (I've
    always pronounced it "linnerd skinnerd", which is probably
    close enough.)

    Best regards,

    James Kass

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