Mel Johnson, on May 2 2005, 10:26 AM, said:
That makes another trochaic trimeter.
But we're getting farther and farther into the realm of phonetics, and Henry Higgins is never around when you need him. I think if you look at the way you say San Francisco, the first stress is less than the second, which is a strong emphasis. That's why I made the distinction "primary hard stress". As in "San'-fran-cis"-co". The only time I've heard the San get the same emphasis as the cis, Jeannette MacDonald was singing it:
SAN-FRAN-CIS-co, open your Golden Gate,
You make no stranger wait....
Well, without Henry Higgins, I can certainly make do with Jeannette MacDonald!
I've always put the accent on the first syllable of ballet, for no good reason at all except that an accent on the second syllable has always sounded stuck-up to me. I'm not sure if this is a regional accent thing (born and raised in Seattle, but with midwestern parents)