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    All right - I've succumbed to temptation. Could someone please tell me the usual way to pronounce "DPMMS" (Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics). I know "DAMTP" is pronounced "damped". Just haven't been able to find how to say "DPMMS"!!

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    I say it dpmms:p:
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    dee pee em em es?
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    Dee Pee Emm Emm Ess?

    Damnit, beaten!
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    What, people really say "He's a fellow at the Dee Pee Em Em Es, but she's at Damped"? Find it hard to believe pure mathematicians are so boring! :yep:
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    (Original post by kiss_me_now9)
    Dee Pee Emm Emm Ess?

    Damnit, beaten!



    Sorry:o:
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    DAMTP = damped?

    what? Im confused
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    Just because it's possible to pronounce an acronym as a word, doesn't mean you always should.

    I used to work for RICS (the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and it used to make my blood boil when people would call it "Ricks". I actually made it clear to a member, once, that you say it; "R I C S" as "Ricks" sounds like you're talking about a fast food restaurant.

    I would say it was D P M M S as Duh-pummmmms sounds retarded.
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    (Original post by Mad Vlad)
    I would say it was D P M M S as Duh-pummmmms sounds retarded.
    And, sadly, both pronunciations are in use.

    I skip around it. In context, it's normally alright to say something like "x works in pure, y works in applied".
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    (Original post by Webstersss)
    DAMTP = damped?

    what? Im confused
    Then you're probably in the wrong forum. DAMTP is the name of a department at Cambridge specialising in applied maths and theoretical physics, and is colloquially pronounced "damped", despite the obvious spelling problem. The question was how DPMMS, the corresponding pure maths and statistics department, was pronounced.
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    "Maths department" - Sorted.
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    Thanks General! But can you tell me how "Duh-pumms" is pronounced when used? Is there a stress on either syllable, and can you compare the vowel sounds with those used in other words? E.g. is the first vowel similar to the last one in "Canada" or the first in "dull", or something else, and the second one - is it like the first vowel in "London" or the second, or not like either?
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    Ah but Irrelevance - there are two maths departments at Cambridge, as the general has described.
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    (Original post by davidne)
    Thanks General! But can you tell me how "Duh-pumms" is pronounced when used? Is there a stress on either syllable, and can you compare the vowel sounds with those used in other words? E.g. is the first vowel similar to the last one in "Canada" or the first in "dull", or something else, and the second one - is it like the first vowel in "London" or the second, or not like either?
    First syllable is stressed, both vowels are schwas (the second vowel in 'Canada', or the second vowel in 'London'). It sounds horrendous.
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    (Original post by davidne)
    Ah but Irrelevance - there are two maths departments at Cambridge, as the general has described.
    When they ask you which department, just say "stats"?
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    (Original post by Irrelevance)
    When they ask you which department, just say "stats"?
    I think there's statslab too, to confuse things.
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    (Original post by Slumpy)
    I think there's statslab too, to confuse things.
    Dammit. There has to be an easy way out of this.
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    (Original post by generalebriety)
    First syllable is stressed, both vowels are schwas (the second vowel in 'Canada', or the second vowel in 'London'). It sounds horrendous.
    I think I've heard it as /dʊpməs/ and possibly /dʌpməs/ as well.
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    (Original post by generalebriety)
    First syllable is stressed, both vowels are schwas (the second vowel in 'Canada', or the second vowel in 'London'). It sounds horrendous.
    Thanks General. So two schwas and stress on the first, rhyming with "diddums". Got to agree, mellifluous it isn't. Stressed schwa doesn't really work in English.
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    (Original post by Zhen Lin)
    I think I've heard it as /dʊpməs/ and possibly /dʌpməs/ as well.
    Hi - those vowels are just showing up as squares on my browser. Are they schwas, where is the stress, and what is the difference between these pronunciations? Thanks! :yep:
 
 
 
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