Subject: Re: pronunciation question.
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/06/03
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Kent M Pitman <>
| Steve didn't ask about CONS.  I usually say "CONZ", though at one time
| I tried very hard to teach myself to say "CONSS" (like the soft
| S in "consonant") to distinguish it verbally from the plural of COND
| which is necessarily pronounced "CON[D]Z" by english speakers. I
| still sometimes say "CONSS" but mostly I just cope with the ambiguity
| of "CONZ" when it comes up by adding extra verbiage.

  funny you should mention that.  I was talking to my girlfriend about
  differences similar to the tonal qualities of Norwegian in English, and
  house (n) vs house (vb) is one example of using an unvoiced s for the
  noun and a voiced s (z) for the verb.  she asked if it followed that
  /konz/ should produce a /kons/.  maybe you can answer, Kent?

@1999-07-22T00:37:33Z -- pi billion seconds since the turn of the century