OK, I know this is a piddly thing, but it drives me nutz. I also know I'm definitely in the minority with my issue. In fact, I'm the only person I know who has a problem with this. Being the only person obsessed with this doesn't make it any easier for me to ignore it.
So what is it? It is the word "data," or more accurately, it is how people pronounce it. Whatever happened to phonetics? Do the rules of phonetics go out the window because it is a techie term? Two vowels separated by a single consonant makes the first vowel "long." Therefore, the word is pronounced "day-tuh," not "dah-tuh." I understand the rules of English phonetics don't apply to words in other languages. For instance, in Spanish "Baca" is pronounced "Bah-cah." If it were English, it would be "Bay-cah." But "data" isn't a foreign language (techies can't make it a language of its own, one word all by itself!!!) regardless of how the majority of our society pronounces it, "dah-tuh."
(dā'tə, dāt'ə, dä'tə)
Pronunciation [dey-tuh, dat-uh, dah-tuh]
1. a pl. of datum.
2. (used with a plural verb) individual facts, statistics, or items of information: These data represent the results of our analyses. Data are entered by terminal for immediate processing by the computer.
3. (used with a singular verb) a body of facts; information: Additional data is available from the president of the firm.
Notice that the first, preferred pronunciation is "dey-tah." Long "A," then short "A."
It seems that people would/should have caught on during the years that Star Trek: Next Generation ran on TV, and the android who bore the name "Data," was quite clear about the pronunciation .... Dey-tuh! Hello??? Did no one get it???
Alright, I'll quit ranting. Sorry 'bout that. But would you all please be kind enough to remember that it is dey-tuh?
All that because I heard the word mispronounced on the morning news. What a way to start the week, eh? LOL!
I'm going to get out of bed and see if I can find anything else to gripe about. ;D