Is DATA pronounced /deita/ or /da: ta/?

Which pronunciation is more correct and modern?
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Finally, someone who knows the Latin roots: data is plural; datum is singular
The correct pronunciation of data is data.
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Here in the Royal County of Berkshire, England, where her Majesty owns a pretty little castle, it is (and has been for the 30 years I have lived here) pronounced day-ta.
I learned in English course in high school and college that data refers to the plural form of informations collected while datum refers to the singular form. I also learned that data could be pronounced as /dei.ta/, /dah-ta/, or /day-ta/. I also learned in Linguistics during my post graduate studies those different pronunciations and they're both used by people in different fields./dah-ta/ was taught first but since a living language such as British English and American English develop or grow(according to linguistics), thus /day-ta/pronunciation was born. (Maria Grasse
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The singular form of data is 'datum'; data is plural.
The word data (pronounced day-ta) derives from Latin and is plural. The singular form is datum (day-tum) which refers to an individual piece of information. For example a datum could be someone's name. That person's name and address are data about that person. That data is stored in a database ( day-ta base).
plural: data
singular: datum
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"Correct" is not the best word choice when discussing pronunciation. In almost always means - "This is the way I say it." "Conventional" works better. In this case, both dayta and dahta are quite conventional in the US. Pronunciation varies by community (regional, professional, academic, socioeconomic, etc.).

Rule of thumb - say it they way you hear it where you live/work. You will be better perceived as belonging to your community.
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