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September 05, 2012

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The second syllable can also refer to an inflamed sebaceous gland on the eyelid. Also not a good association.

My first instinct would be to pronounce it as two separate words connected by the hyphen. But after puzzling over it for a moment, I would still be tempted to pronounce it "MO-deh-stee", like "modesty" but with a long "o" in the first syllable. Apparently that's not right either.

Perhaps this can be saved by faking up a comparative: "Modestier than thou."

Or not.

Perhaps if you moved the hyphen forward a letter to get Mod-esty you could invoke an image of hipness, though I suppose the word mod is out of style these days.

I mode-sty-ly thank you for the h/t.

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