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The older pronunciation gives this word two syllables, with a slight stress on the first: ‘conned it’ . (This pronunciation can still be heard in academic circles). The newer habit is to give the word three syllables ‘conned oo it’, with fairly even stress: . (This pronunciation can also be heard in academic circles.)

Jones (1992) gives three major pronunciations:  [old-fashioned , as electrical term also  and ]. OED only records two syllables, albeit with two versions, having different vowels: , .

The variation in pronunciation, even in the educated community, is a further illustration that a Guide such as, this which aims to help you use the language better, is doomed to failure. ‘Good’ English is often a matter of taste in choosing between different permitted options.