Lamont

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The Scots surname Lamont has always been pronounced locally with the stress on the first syllable: 'LAMM-ent', IPA: /'læ mənt/. This was normal in the United Kingdom until Norman Lamont (1942- ), Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1990 to 1993, in John Major's government, in a move that struck at least some Scottish contemporaries as affected and pretentious, adopted a pronunciation different from that of the rest of his family, 'lem-ONT', with the stress on the second syllable: IPA: /lə ˈmɒnt/. This is given in both LPD and EPD as the normal pronunciation in American English. Its use distances the former Chancellor of the Exchequer from the unfair and tasteless jokes that linked his surname to the [false] etymology of lamentable.