When perusing woodworking articles online, I often read about dado joints made with dado cuts using dado blades.

Outline of a two wooden planks showcasing two types of dado cuts

SilentC at the English language Wikipedia GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Each time I come across the word dado, I pronounce it differently and it's starting to bug me. Which is the correct way to pronounce dado? Is it:

  • dado like dad
  • dado like dot
  • dado like date

noun da·do \ˈdā-(ˌ)dō

It's pronounced with both a long 'a' as in day and a long 'o' as in oh. Primary emphasis (indicated by ') is on the first syllable.


I've always heard it pronounced "Day-dough"

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