In computer science, there is a word trie. It is pronounced either /tri:/ or /trai/. However, according to the common spelling rule, "When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking", the pronunciation is not reasonable. I want to know how to spell this word correctly.
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A trie is spelled thusly and sounds like the word try or tree, but actually comes from the word retrieval.
Because the source word's trie sounds like tree, this can be one valid pronunciation. On another, it is obvious that on its own, trie can look like it should be pronounced try, especially when it is intended to sound audibly different from tree when in verbal discussion.
It is spelled "trie."
Since it is a new word, people can pronounce it however they want to. Do you not think the first option is 'reasonable,' since the term trie comes from retrieve?
Do you not think the second option is reasonable in an attempt to make it sound different from the word tree?
Welcome to English. We don't have either standardized or reasonable spelling/pronunciation. This ain't Mandarin.
Edit: in other words, few native English speakers are going to pay attention to that 'common spelling rule,' simply because such spelling 'rules' are only descriptions of certain patterns. Outside of that, since the sound system of English does not correspond to the orthography, native speakers have a variety of possible spellings and/or pronunciations for any new word that may come along. And the choices we make may not seem reasonable to a non-native speaker...