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Kevin Monceaux Kevin at
Sun Jul 25 14:22:39 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 03:47:25PM -0600, Chad Perrin wrote:
> Actually, "daemon" is a Latinization of the Greek "daimon".  Daimon is
> pronounced something more like "die-mahn", but (being from the Latin)
> daemon is prounounced "dee-mohn".  Unix tradition holds that "daemon" is
> pronounced similarly to the Latin fashion (in practice, roughly like
> "dee-muhn" by English speakers).

I guess that depends on which period of Latin one studies.  From Latin
Pronunciation Demystified:

    ae like English ai in aisle

Which is how I pronounce ae in Latin.  On the other hand, I've always
pronounced daemon like day-mohn, probably from hearing Jon Pertwee
pronounce it that way in the Doctor Who episode The Dæmons.


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