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    Thumbs up pronuciation of data

    is data pronouced with a long A or a short a?

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    Re: pronuciation of data

    I'm afraid there's no clear answer; different dictionaries give different numbers of possible pronunciations. It's a troublesome word; in some fields datum is never used and the noun is uncountable, but in others this usage would be regarded as incorrect.

    Cambridge- 2
    Merriam-Webster- 3
    American Heritage- 3
    Oxford- 1
    Encarta- 2

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