The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #132499   Message #4092234
Posted By: Joe_F
08-Feb-21 - 11:55 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Efficacy: Both the OED and the AHD give only the first-syllable stress, which is what comes natural to me. The analogy with -ciency words seems to me a poor one. However, I do not blame people for trying their luck with efFIcacy; the orthodox pronunciation leads to three unstressed syllables in a row, which English usually avoids.