Mark J. Reed scripsit: > > I more often hear /'dzairo/, as if it were the word "gyro" = "gyroscope". > > Well, clearly you live in a less sophisticated part of the country than > Atlanta. :) I meant /Z/ not /z/, of course. > > As for cicadas... > > Around here that's /s@'kei'd@z/, btw. Ditto. -- John Cowan [log in to unmask] www.reutershealth.com www.ccil.org/~cowan Consider the matter of Analytic Philosophy. Dennett and Bennett are well-known. Dennett rarely or never cites Bennett, so Bennett rarely or never cites Dennett. There is also one Dummett. By their works shall ye know them. However, just as no trinities have fourth persons (Zeppo Marx notwithstanding), Bummett is hardly known by his works. Indeed, Bummett does not exist. It is part of the function of this and other e-mail messages, therefore, to do what they can to create him.