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Hello,

Online dictionaries claim this word allows THREE different pronunciations, specifically:

(1) schwa-GEI-vee ( accent on the 2nd syllable)

(2) schwa-GA:-vee

(3) Agaiv (the stress is on the FIRST syllable, like in "anti", see the online Collins)

Which pronunciation do you think is "most common" in YOUR English?

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vlivefWhich pronunciation do you think is "most common" in YOUR English?

Agave (/əˈɡɑːvi/, UK also /əˈɡeɪvi/, Anglo-Hispanic: /əˈɡɑːveɪ/)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agave

Since I speak American English, and I am not Hispanic, I use the first pronunciation. However, I seldom use this word in everyday conversation.

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vlivefWhich pronunciation do you think is "most common" in YOUR English?

/əˈɡa.veɪ/ is what you usually hear on TV here in California. I have little or no occasion to use it myself. "Century plant" is easier to say. Emotion: smile

CJ

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CalifJimI have little or no occasion to use it myself.

I guess the word "tequila" is not that rare in California, is it?

Seriouly, thanks for giving an alternative to the tongue twisting 'agave'...

It reminds me.... I wonder if "yellow jacket" canbe used for "wasp" in everyday AmEng?

Btw.... if you could add just A FEW new lines to the list below, it would be great... ( I do realize a native speaker can give ANY NUMBER of examples for this list :-)

1) agave - century plant

2) ??? wasp - yellow jacket

3) ??? camomile - oxeye

( more formal is followed by less formal )

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vlivefI guess the word "tequila" is not that rare in California, is it?

No. It's not rare anywhere in the English-speaking world as far as I know.

vlivefI wonder if "yellow jacket" can be used for "wasp" in everyday AmEng?

Yes. That's fine.

vlivefcamomile - oxeye

Sorry. I wouldn't know what people were talking about if they said 'oxeye'. Emotion: sad

I don't think I can help you on extending your list.

CJ