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Thread #132499   Message #3000839
Posted By: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
06-Oct-10 - 07:32 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
People who say "decayed"(sic) when they mean "decade".

It's a noun so the stress is on the first syllable (very few exceptions in English). Other words that get mangled in the same way include "project" which often gets incorrectly pronounced the same way as the verb "to project" with the stress on the second syllable.

Rule of thumb: noun - stress first syllable, verb stress second syllable.