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What is the correct English pronunciation of the word poset (Partially Ordered SET)?

paazit or pow-set?

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Some of us usually pronounce it partially ordered set or partial order. – Brian M. Scott Nov 9 '12 at 15:22

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Neither...I would probably transliterate it as "poh-set". You definitely want to pronounce "set" as it's own syllable.

"Poh" rhymes with though, row, snow, toe, etc.

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row suggest more than one possibility and may rhyme with pow – Henry Nov 9 '12 at 8:08
Good point. I have a bit of an accent and didn't think of that when I was trying to come up with rhyming words. Hopefully the OP understands my intent. – chris Nov 10 '12 at 0:25


"PO" rhymes with "snow".

At least in my neck of the woods...

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Poset rhymes with LOW-SET or ROW-SET. Similarly for woset (well-ordered set). Watch this YouTube video where Doctor Bob says POSET around 7:50.

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row suggest more than one possibility – Henry Nov 9 '12 at 8:07
@Henry I added a link to a video to avoid confusion. – glebovg Nov 9 '12 at 8:27

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