Pronounciation of 'data' seems to come in two flavors:

- as in eight, date, skate ['deda'] (no idea about this)

- as in daddy, add, at ['dada']

Is it that the later is more common somewhere? (towards the west/southwest perhaps). In software engineering you hear both of them - heard one Microsoft engineer say it the first way today - other than that I tend to hear the second form more often.

Any comments on this?

btw - I've seen one thing recently on message boards like this - a check box available to the thread issuer which says "question resolved" - that would be something for this - otherwise fantastic - message board.
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I always say day-da. I also hear people say it this way too. I have only heard data pronounced dah-da once, by one of my professors.
Me too Jim, although over here in Europe, still I've reacted cause I've heard quite some authorities in the field say da-da. Anyway good to know.
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Grammar GeekI do know that if someone I'm conversing with uses "dad-uh" first, I'll probably pick that up and use it in that conversation.

Do you think it could be like "ant, ahnt"? Now that I live in a region where your uncle's wife is an "ahnt" I am using both forms depending on whom I talking with and what they use.

And let's all sing: poe-tay-toe, poe-tah-toe, toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe...
I say "day-duh", but like GG, I occasionally hear someone use "dad-uh".

GG, I found it interesting that people say "ahnt" (aunt) in your neck of the woods. I grew up in South Jersey and everybody there said "ant". Now that I'm in Connecticut, I'm having a real identity crisis... Emotion: surprise I've had to get used to one set of nieces and nephews calling me "Ant Amy" (Hartford area) and the other set calling me "Ahnt Amy" (Groton area). My Pennsylvania nieces and nephews call me "Ant Amy". Go figure. Emotion: smile
Also discussed on Adam Hill's The Last Leg, where British took exception to Aus pronounciation 'dar-ta'.