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A painstaking etymology

I pronounce painstaking like “pain staking.” But maybe I should pronounce it like “pains taking.” The reason, as Stan points out at Sentence First, is that the word refers to taking pains to do something. According to OED, the British pronounce the s like a z, while Americans pronounce it like an s.

How do you pronounce painstaking? Stan is taking a poll on that subject, so please consider jumping over to Sentence First to help him out.


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