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Tanya
kind, curious, silly and shy
sister of two brothers, much older than I
loves music, dancing, nature and Labradors
who hopes optimisically, ponders reflectively and hordes sentimentality
who fears not being remembered, man's moral decay and this progressive disease
who would like to see all the wonders of the world, peace among nations and honesty in all human faces
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I remain a bit confused


Blog Posted:7/13/2012 3:02:00 PM
       Ok, I dislike words that are ambiguous about their syllable counts!!!  With that said, does Prisms have one or two syll.  I went to Howmanysyllables.com and it says 1.  I hear two.  I know this is like a repeat of the fire question, but I do hate to use a word for a certain count and then be wrong about it.  Can anyone help decipher this for me? 
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  1. Date: 7/16/2012 1:40:00 PM
    I think on questionalbe words I will add a note at the bottom of my poem. I don't want to be counted out for having the wrong syll. count. And sometimes you just need that word! Have a splendid day everyone!!

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  1. Date: 7/16/2012 1:37:00 PM
    Hahaha, some say 1, some say 2. Sounds like we're all a little confused! By syll. counters it is 1, to hear it pronounced it is 2. Thank you all for your comments.

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  1. Date: 7/15/2012 2:57:00 PM
    Webster says 2 (pri zem) and I usually rely on Webster. He's American, so British may be different.

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  1. Date: 7/14/2012 3:51:00 PM
    Wow, interesting! Around where I hang, people pronouce "prism" the same as the do "prison" with a different consonant sound on the end. To me, both have two syllables. I was taught that syllables have to do with how words sound when they're spoken, not how they look when they're written, and that's how I roll. Depending on accent and dialect, many words can have varying syllables depending on who is saying them. (We here in the Southeast US have a tendency to add syllables in our pronunciation. For instance, up north people consistently addressed me as "nant-see whereas down here I'm sometimes called "nay-un-see") Sometimes I'll add a note at the end of a poem explaining how a certain word is pronounced where i come from.

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  1. Date: 7/14/2012 4:59:00 AM
    I think Prism has 1 syllable.

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  1. Date: 7/14/2012 2:12:00 AM
    Tanya, I would also say 1syl..

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  1. Date: 7/14/2012 1:27:00 AM
    Charles says it all for me...there's only one syll in "prisms".....lots of words are like this, e.g., "Wednesday" has only 2 syll, but most people pronounce it with 3(even though the middle e is silent)....something to do with consonants like m and n and some others which are too close to others like d or s. Sometimes people insert a completely new vowel just to make the word easier to pronounce, e.g., "mischievous" become "mischievious".....hope this adds clarity to the puzzle

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  1. Date: 7/13/2012 8:52:00 PM
    I don't think anything can have two syllables with one vowel. So, I'd say one. It really is no different from ming----pronounced "min guh" and that is one syllable.

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  1. Date: 7/13/2012 8:03:00 PM
    Two!

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  1. Date: 7/13/2012 6:13:00 PM
    I have pondered this too with different words....so if at all possible, I will avoid them when syllables matter in a format.

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  1. Date: 7/13/2012 5:42:00 PM
    Hi Tanya, the more you read poetry, the more you will be able to write poems. I have been writing poems since 1972. The words just came flowing out my pen. I believe my Muse had lots to do with it. THere are quite a few good poets here and many will help you. If you can do as many writing exercises you can. Good luck and Carpe diem

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  1. Date: 7/13/2012 4:57:00 PM
    In my opinion it has 2. I definitely hear two syll. However, when I went to the syllable counter here on the soup, it said one. Now I'm confused!

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