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It appears that the first syllable is pronounced differently in the two senses of the word. The 'lever/noun' sense has a 'bed' sound while the 'foot/adjective' sense has a 'lee' sound.zigzig20s 19:06, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
- The OED has both pronuncations for the "foot" sense. — Paul G 09:09, 28 January 2007 (UTC)