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When you pronounce the word "Thanksgiving" do you put emphasis on the first syllable or the second?

Asked by jca (35976points) November 16th, 2012

I pronounce it ThanksGIVing but many people pronounce it THANKSgiving.

Which way do you say it?

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Jeruba's avatar

I say it the same way you do.

I wonder if there’s a pattern of correspondence with people who say INsurance instead of inSURance.

zenvelo's avatar

Emphasis on the second syllable. Dictionary dot com doesn’t even list emphasis on the first syllable, and I have never heard anyone pronounce the word that way. Tell those other people they’re wrong! dammit, wrong!

bhec10's avatar

My Mac Dictionary shows me this: |THaNGks╦łgiviNG|.

I am not sure if he’s having a seizure, or how he pronounces that…

zenvelo's avatar

@bhec10 Your mac Dictionary mispronounces it- it looks like that way rhymes with fangs – giving…

AshlynM's avatar

Second. I rarely hear people put emphasis on the first.

augustlan's avatar

I pronounce it as you do, but have heard it pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable by a couple of people.

LuckyGuy's avatar

The way you do, with the emphasis on the “Giv”. (No doubt, the way the Pilgrims said it.)

ETpro's avatar

ThanksGiving. Equal emphasis on both syllables. Are not both vital to its exact meaning?

AshLeigh's avatar

The third.

DominicX's avatar

@zenvelo No, it’s right. Before /k/, /n/ becomes /ng/. Compare “rinse” to “rink”; you should a “ng” sound in “rink” that you don’t hear in “rinse”.

OT: I stress the second syllable when speaking the word in isolation, but in the phrase “thanksgiving dinner”, the first syllable does seem to have the stress.

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Adagio's avatar

@Jeruba I say THANKSgiving but I also say inSURance.

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Gazboy1207's avatar

Everyone I know says IN-sur-ance. It makes me craaaaaazzzyyy! I’ve even heard it pronounced that way on t.v. Argghhhhh!!

ETpro's avatar

@Gazboy1207 I can assure you it’s in-SUR-ance. I can also assure you that unless you have medical in-SUR-ance covering mental health issues, it’s best to not let people saying In-sur-ance drive you crazy.

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