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Pronunciation of "DeKleist"
By Dave Vincent

> Does it rhyme with yeast or de-iced?

This sort of stuff happens when English-speakers try and pronounce
German words (DeKleist's original last name being "Von Kleist").

The mnemonic device for English pronunciation goes:  "When two vowels
go out walking, the first one does the talking."  English-speakers
naturally would pronounce it to rhyme with "yeast."

Since he was German-born, I suspect he pronounced it to rhyme with
"de-iced," since the rule works the opposite way for German.  That's
the way I've always pronounced it, but I never correct anybody for
pronouncing it the other way.  Conversely, nobody's ever corrected me.

I guess the definitive answer would be if an old-timer from the North
Tonawanda area could set us straight.

Dave Vincent

(Message sent Fri 26 Feb 2016, 19:22:50 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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