Post by Joy Beeson
On Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:41:37 -0400, Quinn C
Post by Quinn C
Also, the majority AmE pronunciation seems to be fraykus, where I
was only familiar with frackus.
I, too, say "frackus". At least I would have said "frackus" if I had
ever used the word.
/Usage Note:/ The traditional pronunciation of /fracas/ has a long
/a/ in the first syllable, rhyming roughly with "break us." In the
2015 survey, only 59 percent of the Usage Panel found this
pronunciation acceptable, and barely a third of the Panel preferred
it. The pronunciation with a short /a/ in the first syllable, rhyming
roughly with "track us," is acceptable to 81 percent of the Panel and
is in fact preferred by two-thirds of it, offering another example of
how the pronunciation of a word can shift over time. · In British
English, fracas is commonly pronounced frăk'ä and frə-kä' (which is
[sic] similar to the French pronunciation).