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Question #32682 posted on 01/30/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just finished reading Vanity Fair. How are the following words in it pronounced?

sate (past tense of sit): sat or sate?
Jos (nickname for Joseph): Joss or Jose?


A: Dear Cassandre,

Sate (the past tense of sit) can be pronounced both as sate or sat. Merriam-Webster lists the sate pronunciation first, as does American Heritage. You can see and listen here and here.

There are differing opinions about how to pronounce Jos. Behindthename.com says it's yaws (from the Dutch Jozef). According to this blog, "the 'o' in Jos is pronounced as in Joseph. It's just Joseph without the eph." This site says "jaws ('s' not 'z')" (essentially Joss). Personally, I think it's the middle one, like Joe with an 's' sound at the end.

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