stra-tee-goh or stra-teh-go

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Fafnir665, Dec 7, 2004.

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stra-tee-goh or stra-teh-go?

  1. stra-tee-goh

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  2. stra-teh-go

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  1. Fafnir665 You just got served. Registered Senior Member

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    I've been arguing this for a couple hours now.

    It boils down to :

    Me, saying "The word strategy is pronounced stra-teh-gee, why should the o change that?" against "When you change the f to a b in foot it goes from oit to oot"
     
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  3. goofyfish Analog By Birth, Digital By Design Valued Senior Member

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    Because that is the way the Milton Bradley company pronounced it
    when the game was released. I have tried to find a .wav file with the
    commercial, but have not had any luck in doing so.

    :m: Peace.
     
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  5. geodesic "The truth shall make ye fret" Registered Senior Member

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    I assume you're referring to the board game Stratego, of whose existence I was previously unaware. My inclination is to say stra-tee-goh, because it sounds nicer.
    I also assume that you don't actually pronounce foot 'foit', it's more of a 'füt'.
     
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  7. Fafnir665 You just got served. Registered Senior Member

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    Really? Hm, if the inventer did that, then it would be right, that being the inventers write as the pwner and inventer of the product... to pronounce it any way they please.
     
  8. Fafnir665 You just got served. Registered Senior Member

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    Yeah, im not very good at laying out the pronunciations, thanks for pointing that out
     
  9. whitewolf asleep under the juniper bush Registered Senior Member

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  10. Fafnir665 You just got served. Registered Senior Member

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    Stratego, in this example, is a popular strategy game. The argument is mostly about wether or not the change, y to o, should really affect how the whole "strateg" part is pronounced.
     
  11. Dreamwalker Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    Mmh, I pronounce it "Stratego", but that might be because I pronounce it on German...

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  12. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    It's no real stretch to pronounce it "stra-TEE-goh", since the adjective "strategic" is pronounced "stra-TEE-jick", not "STRA-teh-jick".
     
  13. mercurio 9th dan seppuku sensei Registered Senior Member

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  14. whitewolf asleep under the juniper bush Registered Senior Member

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    I say, since there is "stra-teh-gos", which is Greek and the source of our "stra-teh-gy", it is "stra-teh-go."

    Edit: what's the multiple of Greek strategos?
     
  15. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    I looked up the original Greek. That E is a long E (eta), not a short E (epsilon). It is standard practice in English to pronounce an accented E derived from eta as an English long E: ee. Occasionally we pronounce it as a long A, as in the name of the letter eta itself. So if the accent falls on the second syllable, it should be stra-tee-go, if they were striving for linguistic consistency. The reason the E in "strategy" isn't long is that the accent falls on the A, not the E.
    Sorry, you've exhausted my knowledge of Greek. I don't even know which gender that is.
     
  16. whitewolf asleep under the juniper bush Registered Senior Member

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    I can help you out with this one: strategos means general (coming from the dictionary.com link I posted earlier), so it is definitely male.
     

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