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How to pronounce “Keynesian”

written by Jason Lewis

and Keynes and Keynesianism.

John Maynard Keynes and his system of macroeconomic theory has been getting a lots of discussion lately among economists and politicians.  Keynes published his ideas in a book titled The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money during the Great Depression in 1936, and his ideas are being invoked today as support for government spending in order to stimulate the economy.  Whether you buy into this theory or not, it’s a good idea to know what people are talking about.  The Wikipedia entry for Keynesian economics is one place to get started.

I’ve heard the various forms of this word mispronounced a lot lately.   It’s not obvious, but “Keynes” is pronounced “canes.”   If that seems hard to believe, then see and listen to the entry for Keynes at   (See the photo above as a reminder).

Keynesian is pronounced “Cane-zian”

Keynesianism is pronounced “Cane-zian-ism.”  If you are a skeptic, then see the Merriam-Webster link  here.

I suppose that you can blame the British.   Good luck and enjoy your dinner party.

The cane portion of the photo was from Medical Mobility.

One Response to “How to pronounce “Keynesian””

  1. Joe

    With this knowledge I shall surely avoid embarrassment at my next dinner party.

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