R A Brown skrev: >>> AFAIK, it's because it's pronounced /endZl&N/ i.e. as >>> two syllables, and -ge- is one way to spell of soft g >>> (cf. also vegetable /vedZt@b@l/), but -gi- isn't. > > Spot on! IIRC it was And Rosta who coined the term many > moons ago. > >> Actually a poll was taken at the end of the recent >> gathering and quite a few people reported using a 3- >> syllable pronunciation with a schwa in the middle. I >> don't recall the exact results. I've always pronounced it >> (in my mind) as a 3-syllable word; I've never had an >> opportunity to use it in conversation. > > Maybe to avoid confusion we could use g-caron: enǧlang :) Would _enjlang_ be an option? I must admit that _engelang_ looks trisyllabic to me in spite of knowing better. My perverse brain keeps suggesting _endZlang_ as the 'official' spelling. Alas that _endglang_ looks like some painful condition at the end!