how do you pronounce/saw "data"?

United States
May 31, 2009 12:52am CST
this drives me nuts.. i say "data" like "daytuh" but then others say "data" like "DATTAH" who is right? is it dependant on accent or something? i mean im southern with a southern accent/twang so is that way mine is daytuh? does it drive you nuts when there is a word that seemed to be said 2 different ways and you think yours is the right way but dont know for sure?
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• United States
31 May 09
There is a lot of words that are pronounced different ways..potato tomato...isnt there a song about this?? Honestly there is no right or wrong way. Besides you are always going to have someone say daytah is the right way and others who will say dattah is the right way...i honestly use both.
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• United States
31 May 09
potato? isnt it tomato tomATTo lol
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• United States
31 May 09
i meant that both of those words are pronounced to different ways.
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@suprema (297)
• Philippines
31 May 09
I've never encountered anyone pronouncing it as "DATTAH"! Maybe you heard them say 'data' in another language?
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• United States
31 May 09
nope i have seen americans and i have seen it on tv (american shows) say it that way.. which always made me wonder lol
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@suprema (297)
• Philippines
31 May 09
I checked merriam-webster.com and it says that both pronunciations are valid.
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@underdogtoo (9601)
• Philippines
31 May 09
I know there are many ways of pronouncing something and it can drive one up the wall if one is not careful. I don't particularly pay attention to how it is pronounced. Data comes from the latin word datum of which data is the plural form. Cheers!!
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• United States
7 Jun 09
yeah its like i want to make sure so i dont sound stupid lol
@vnrsudhan (1514)
• India
31 May 09
hi moonlitmagikchild, the word data should be pronounced as "daytuh".this is the right way.but some people pronounce it the other way.but the way i learnt it was to pronounce it as "daytuh".HOPE THIS HELPS YOU!!!
• United States
31 May 09
cool thanks
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@berlong (227)
• United States
31 May 09
I say the word data as you have it typed- "dattah"...I dont think there really is a right or wrong way of pronouncing it. Im pretty sure that when saying it, it really comes down to personal preference. Yes, sometimes there are words that bother me a bit because someone says them a different way than I do and it sounds funny, but then I realize that there must be some words that I say that sound funny to them as well. So like I said, I really believe that its just a personal preference! ! ! Happy Pronunciations! !
• United States
31 May 09
yeah i mean i know with my southern accent i prob sound funny to some people lol
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
31 May 09
I dont know if im a bit goofy or not but... I tend to say it both ways... one way though im usually thinking of the star trek character. Most of the time i tend to say it dattah not daytah. I have have a few people correct me one way or the other so its confusing...like tomato or tamato lol!
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• United States
31 May 09
haha never thought about star trek
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
1 Jun 09
Po-tay-to, po-tah-to! A lot of words are pronounced differently by different people, sometimes even by people in the same family! Data is one of those words that makes me feel very similar to you. I prefer to pronounce it "day-tah", even when everyone else is pronouncing it "dah-tah". Hmmm, I just looked it up on my little WordWeb dictionary here on my computer and it says it's pronounced "dey-tuh" so we're correct, even though we spelled the pronunciation wrong! Cool, huh? LOL
• United States
7 Jun 09
thats because we rock lol
@la_chique (1499)
31 May 09
Americans tend to say datta because they stress a different syllable to enligh people. I am from the uk and I pronounce it dayta. I just dont get how americans get aluminium to a-loo-min-um? hmmmm strange lol. (ands what's the deal with faucetts? they're called TAPs goddammnit hahaha)
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• United States
7 Jun 09
how do you say aluminum?
@katsmeow1213 (28451)
• United States
31 May 09
I say it the same way you do. Most of the people around here do. I don't think there is a right and wrong way, I think it's just an accent. Like some people say "Baygul" and the way others say it almost sounds like "Boggle" either way, it's bagel.
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• United States
7 Jun 09
havent heard the boggle but i think i would chuckle if i did lol
• Canada
31 May 09
I tend towards "data" with the short A, but sometimes the Day-tuh pronounciation comes out too. I guess it all depends on where I am. LOL I don't make a conscious effort to pronounce it a certain way. My mother tends to say data with the short A, and my husband pronounces it day-tuh with the long A.
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• United States
7 Jun 09
maybe its just where your from that makes the difference
@balasri (26577)
• India
1 Jun 09
Merriam-webster dictionalry has both the pronounciatins right.So it is alright to use whichever is convenient to you.
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@thaMARKER (3097)
• Philippines
1 Jun 09
i used to pronounce it as "daytuh" before but i noticed that a lot of Americans uses "dattah". "dattah" is better i think and easier to pronounce. but yes, those two prounciations are correct.
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@VANILLAREY (1473)
• India
31 May 09
Blame it on the language.
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