kilometre/kilometer

# 2014-01-24: updated tweet format for this post

the CBC: [‘KIL-uh-MEE-ter]

most Canadians: [ki-LOM-i-ter] … unless they’re saying it in French.

“… first syllable stress seems to occur with a higher rate of frequency among scientists than among nonscientists.” MW11 usage note

The CBC way makes kilometre/kilometer scan with millimetre/millimeter just as, for all of us, kilogram scans with milligram.

See also the pronunciation note in this entry:

kilometer. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/kilometer (accessed: October 22, 2010)

For background from seven or so years ago and for a window into other perennial word issues at the CBC, take a look at Blair Shewchuk’s Words of Warning. (2014-01-24: fixed broken link)

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