Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Pronunciation of Data

I was a bit surprised to find out that a word over which's pronunciation I'm fussy has three common pronunciations and my preferred pronunciation is particularly American. The word is 「data」

*ˈdeɪtə - Common between British and American speakers
*ˈdɑːtə - Mostly British
*ˈdætə - Mostly American and the way I pronounce it

I also treat it as a mass noun (although on rare occasions I'll talk about a datum as a data point) but use plural conjugation (I mostly use plural conjugation with mass nouns except for organisations of people).

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