Stephen Horne steve at lurking.demon.co.uk
Sun Jul 22 14:45:26 CEST 2001

On Fri, 20 Jul 2001 19:41:56 -0700, Erik Max Francis <max at alcyone.com>

>kevin parks wrote:
>> By the way is tuple pronounced tOOple (god i hope it is), or is it
>> pronounced
>> like the word "couple". Tuple like "couple" would be too high brow.
>I've always heard it pronounced to rhyme with _couple_, but a
>mathematician friend of mine insisted that it was pronounced the other
>way.  When I checked a dictionary it said both were legal.

Funny - the guy who last taught me maths insisted on the
rhymes-with-couple version. tOOple sounds too high brow to me -
British snobs tend to say things the longest, most stretched out and
emphasised way they can - presumably they need to make up for the lack
of content by at least making their words sound as impressive as
possible. American high brows, I presume, are too busy making money to
waste time saying 'oo' when they can just say 'u' ;-)

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