Hardly the most highbrow news source, but I’m listening to ClassicFM as I work and their news reporter has just been analysing Vince Cable’s suprisingly funny Mr Bean reference in the Commons today. The gist of his comments was that Gordon Brown better watch out, because things are getting serious now that they’ve started [rəˈdɪkjulɪŋ] him like this.
I’ve never heard main stress on the second syllable of ridiculing before. If he’d only said it once, it could have been a mix-up with ridiculous, [rəˈdɪkjuləs] but he then went on to say [rəˈdɪkjul] several times.
Does anyone else do this?
PS – I’ve just looked up the OED (to confirm that the SWW pattern is the listed form) and notice that they provide a verb, ridiculize, marked ‘obs., rare’, with a citation from 1615 – ‘My heart still trembling lest the false alarms That words oft strike up should ridiculize me.’ Cool eh.