On 28 May 2008, at 1:04 pm, Dan Piponi wrote:
In particular, which syllable gets the stress, and what are the
lengths of the two vowels? Couldn't find anything in the FAQ
I've always pronounced it k'BAHL, but was surprised to find that
the OED (http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50030715?
only countenances a short second syllable:
bæl) [a. F. cabale (16th c. in Littré), used in all the English senses,
ad. med.L. cab(b)ala (It., Sp., Pg. cabala), CABBALA, q.v. In 17th c.
at first pronounced
cabal (whence the abridged CAB n.5); the current
pronunciation was evidently reintroduced from Fr., perh. with sense 5
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