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 say "day-da", I don't like "dad-a" much... I have no idea which is more common. I hope it's "day-da". Emotion: wink
Day-da = BrE

Dad-a = AmE
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I think I say the one that uses the same vowel sound as "eight" more often, but I do use both.
Thanks Grammar Geek, that's even more interesting - both variants being used by the same speaker! I suppose speakers on the east coast would prefer the "eight"-vovelish one more is that right? I typically associate the other one more with the south west? What does CalifJim have to say about it? Or anyone else for that matter ..
Hey, was the "resolved"-button there two days ago when I started the thread !? Emotion: tongue tied - I gotta be blind .. sorry - thanks anyway for adding it whenever it was done.
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Wow, found long discussion about it here .. and highly entertaining too .. (not to mention educative to me)


( ... "procounce them depending on how aristocratic you feel" )

Still would be good to hear some more opions on it here ..

Also saw that answers.com/data gave all three alternatives - including version without a tapped 't'
I have worked in data processing (in the U.S.) for many years.
I assure you, the nearly unanimous decision about the pronunciation is DAY-da.

Once in a great while you'll hear people say the other version, especially the non-professionals.

Just ignore them! Emotion: smile

I 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...
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