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February 2nd, 2006
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How do you pronounce stfnal? I've always heard it (and pronounced it) as if there were an i between the t and f but Wikipedia says that stf should be pronounced stef.

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Date:February 2nd, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
I pronounce it like Wikipedia says.
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Date:February 3rd, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
You mean that for Minnesotans there's a difference in sound?
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Date:February 3rd, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
Definitely an "i" sound.

Carol, I'm not exactly a Minnesotan; in that my father is from England, Canada, Germany, and California, and my mother is from California, and the people around me in Northfield were prof's kids from all over. But I hear people hear pronouncing various words with distinct "i" vs. "e" sounds all the time. There's a *tendency* for unstressed vowels to go to schwa, certainly, but it's no an inevitibility.
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Date:February 3rd, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)

Having read cakmpls and dd_b's entries, I must ask whether it's a matter of how you perceive "i" and "e" to sound.

However, to answer what I think was your question, I've always (and that's a long "always" there) pronounced it "steffnal," as if I were conflating "Stephanie" and "diurnal"; that is, I guess, not unlike Wikipedia's current sources on it. As far as I can remember, my pronunciation of "stf" when combined with another prefix, suffix, or word (e.g., Minn-StF) has always been "steff." When standing by itself, I've been known to pronounce it "ess-tee-eff" or even "scientifiction." Of course, the Brits just scratch their head at the American tendency to try to pronounce acronyms, to the extent of even adding vowels to the construct in order to do so.

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Date:February 3rd, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)

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Date:February 3rd, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)

aye eye

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Date:February 3rd, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
Am I too much of a nerd if I pronounce what it abbreviates? Science-fictional.

I shouldn't be surprised if pronounciation varies regionally. After all, midwesterners say "ska" for the SCA, which drives some West-coasters batty.
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Date:February 7th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
(I realize that it was originally abbreviating "scientifictional," but I automatically translate that into the modern equivalent.)
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