Why is superfluous pronounced like that?


I looked it up, and superfluous has the same latin super- prefix as every other super- word. And yet we pronounce it differently. Why?

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The stress just falls on a different syllable? I think the general rule is that stress falls on the first syllable. I would argue the word super is only one syllable so the whole word is stressed. If there is more than one syllable (excluding compounds), I think the second syllable is generally stressed, so in superfluous, SU- is used as a prefix followed by PER?That's my guess.

link comment answered Mar 15 '13 at 02:33 Natalie New member

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