The pronunciation key in most dictionaries can be hard to
understand if one does not have an advanced degree in the
English language. So we've created our own key, which we
believe makes more sense and will be easier to understand.
Notice the pronunciation key enclosed in parentheses just
after the term. For words that have more than one
syllable, the emphasized syllable is written in all capital
letters. Most portions of the syllable are written
"phonetically", that is, they are written the way they
In some cases, this doesn't work right. For instance, if
the letter "a" is encountered, is that "a" as in "dad", or
"a" as in "fate"? Our solution to this dilemma was to
include an apostrophe just after the vowel if it is short,
so "fate" would be written as "(fat)" and "dad" would be
written as "(da'd)."
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