I feel it's pronounced "camp-our-ing"(not correct)

I tried searching a lot but couldn't find the exact word. Could someone please help me

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    By "anchoring", you don't mean attaching a big heavy boat anchor, right? Then what do you mean? Jun 24 '14 at 16:29
  • Yup. Right. I mean hosting an event like a TV show
    – Sam
    Jun 24 '14 at 16:31
  • How about MC, as in Master of Ceremonies
    – eyoung100
    Jun 24 '14 at 16:35
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    What's the matter with host? That's the norm, or M.C, for a variety show where every act needs an introduction. As for "camp-our-ing", the only thing I can think of is empowering, which seems wrong, even given the fragmentary context we have. Jun 24 '14 at 16:38
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    @JohnLawler Really, compère, compèring, no ? I daren't answer in case this question turns out to be too basic.
    – Frank
    Jun 24 '14 at 17:02

I think the word you're looking for is compering. It doesn't appear to have made it into American English.

compere British /ˈkɒmpɛː/

A person who introduces the performers or contestants in a variety show.

Act as a compère for (a variety show):
Mark Wilson compered the whole proceedings


The pronunciation is very similar to compare but the stress is on the first syllable (including in compering).

  • snap ! (and then some)
    – Frank
    Jun 24 '14 at 17:16

Is the word you are looking for compèring

It sounds exactly like the common word comparing.

Here's a web based definition of the word. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/compering

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    The audience had better not be American English speakers. Plus, if you want to avoid confusion with compare, be sure to stress the first syllable in speech, and be sure to include the accent grave in writing. Jun 24 '14 at 17:24
  • What @John said. Brits also make the same distinction in pronunciation (though I personally wouldn't care whether the accent was present in the written form or not). Jun 24 '14 at 17:36
  • @FumbleFingers I disagree. compère doesn't sound like compare, but compèring sounds just the same as comparing to me. I wouldn't use the accent in writing either, to be honest I wouldn't use the word in writing.
    – Frank
    Jun 24 '14 at 17:59
  • @ Frank: Your profile doesn't specify location, but I think I can safely say I speak for most if not all Brits in agreeing with John (who probably speaks for all Anglophones far more than I can even claim to speak for the people I converse with regularly). That's to say compering always stresses the first syllable, whereas comparing stresses the second. Jun 24 '14 at 18:14
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    I guarantee that Johnny Carson was never introduced using the word compère. I doubt that Ed McMahon could have pronounced it. Jun 24 '14 at 18:46

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