When I talk about the University of Notre Dame, I pronounce it "no-truh dame."
(This is due to Tom, a college roommate whose Notre Dame fandom and pronunciation rubbed off on me.) (Years later, that is — I didn't like the Golden Domers back then.) (Tom will be pleased to learn that I'm going to my first Notre Dame game later this year.)
Last week, Marnie instructed me that Notre Dame should be pronounced one of two ways:
• "no-ter dame"
• "no-truh dahm"
"Once you start to bastardize a term," Marnie told me, "just bastardize the whole thing. Don't do half and half."
Then she warned me, "But don't say 'no-truh dahm,' because that sounds pretentious."
So really, I'm left with only one way to say it — I don't have two choices after all.