How Do You Pronounce 'Eponymous'?
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A Quick Overview Of Eponymous
Eponymous looks like a more difficult word to pronounce than it is. The first thing to get right in the pronunciation of this word is stress. The stress in falls on the second syllable - the 'po'. The last two syllables are both unstressed neutral vowels (which look like this: [e]).
A neutral vowel is a sound found across the English language in different vowels and semi-vowels like the 'y' in 'syringe' and 'eponymous'. Examples include: the 'a' in China, the 'a' in Norman, the 'ou' in delicious (and eponymous), and so on.
Once you know where the stress is, and what neutral vowels are, the pronunciation of eponymous is quite straightforward.
Eponymous is a word of Greek origin meaning 'to give one's name to something'. So Tom Jones, the main character in the book by Henry Fielding, (as opposed to the singer) can be described as the eponymous hero of the novel, because the title is 'Tom Jones'.