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Where to stress words in pronunciation

President Lyndon B. Johnson awards Capt. James A Taylor of the US Army the Medal of Honor in 1968. The medal is awarded for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity," a phrase that can easily be mispronounced. Source: The Christian Science Monitor

My son was researching the Medal of Honor, America’s highest military decoration, and told me that it is awarded for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity.” He pronounced “intrepidity” as “in-tre-pi-DI-ty,” but that didn’t sound right, nor did “in-TRE-pid-i-ty.” It took me a while to hit on

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