[DWJ] Which syllable do you stress in "Chrestomanci"?

Katarina Hjärpe katarina.hjarpe at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 16:14:33 EDT 2011

Another thought: I think my dual pronounciation is, as people have
mentioned, related to the word necromancy/necromancer. Which would be
NECromancy/er in English (unless I'm completely oblivious) but
nekromanTI/nekroMANtiker in Swedish. And since ChrestomanCI sounds
ridiculous, it ends up ChrestoMANci in Swedish for me, but not in English.


On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 8:30 PM, <jodel at aol.com> wrote:

> I would have never even considered pronouncing it as anything other than
> ChrestoMANcy. But then, I live in Los Angeles, where Spanish is a strong
> secondary presence in local place/street names, and the books weren't out
> until I was in my 30s.
> For that matter, I take issue with the statement that USAlians
> characteristically stress the first sylable of long words. I certainly can't
> think of that as a typical American speech pattern.
> Note: I do remember my stepmother doing it, now that I give it some
> thought. It might be a midwestern thing. But My dad and his sisters were
> from the midwest as well, and they certainly didn't.

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