The Vocabula Review

June 2009, Vol. 11, No. 6 Tuesday, October 21, 2014


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Recall, Regret, Reject, Release ...


The words RECALL, REGRET, REJECT, RELEASE, RELIEVE, RELIVE, REMIND, REPEAL, RESEARCH, RETARD, RETURN, REVERE, REVIEW, REVISE, and so on, are all iambic: the first syllable is short and the NEXT is stressed: diDAH, diDAH, diDAH, diDAH.

Can you find in the USA any piece of important poetry in the English language which uses these words otherwise?

Yet the alien-language-background speakers of English IN USA TV and cinema almost always, because of their alien-language-background, utter these words as if the words were trochees: DAHdi, DAHdi, DAHdi, DAHdi; and by this infamous and alien example have now trained generations of uneducated audiences in the USA to mispronounce.

This vile infection has now spread from the USA to Britain.

When did you last hear an American say (correctly) "reSEARCH"?

They all now say (wrongly) "REEsearch" and "REEcall" &c.

What is Vocabula going to do about this?

Why not start by publishing good American verse that pronounces these words correctly (as does T.S. Eliot,) and whose scansion, thus, automatically forces the correct stressing of the second syllable?

Give back to English its iambics!

The Curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea,
The plowman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
...

No student could recall these famous lines,
and then repeat them simply for research,
and not perforce respect the rhythmic signs
(as we respect the hush inside a church).

John Gibson



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