I came across this great little resource at PBS
recently: Beastly Mispronunciations
, 100 excerpts from The Big Book Of Beastly Mispronunciations: The Complete Opinionated Guide For The Careful Speaker
by Charles Harrington Elster, which sets the record straight on the beastly and acceptable pronunciations of common words. Loads of these were questions that had been plaguing me for a long time (Alumnae
), and with the firm, well-supported cases made for the author's favored pronunciations, I can now consider the matter settled.
Via Bits & Pieces