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--- On Mon, 1/21/13, Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
A brilliant idea!

Surely "cafe" and "cake" should both be pronounced as two-syllable
words with the accent on the second vowel.
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Actually, in a 60s British movie (IIRC) I heard "cafe" pronounced [keif]-- the actors were portraying sort-of tough-guy biker types.

Maybe with enough time that will come to predominate ???? Like Leonardo's friends who think "recipe" would be [r@'saip].  Such ~is ['Of@n] ~ ['Oft@n] the fate of foreign words in English (and even Engl. words) and probably elsewhere.

When I was a kid, I thought for years that "misled" was ['maiz@ld].