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This is a word that crops up very often in "smart" articles about world affairs and the like. As a result, some of those smart people talk about "HEDGE-eh-moan-ee," which is not the preferred pronunciation.

The funny thing is enough people mispronounce it this way that many people think it’'s wrong when pronounced correctly. As with a number of other shibboleth words, the nonpreferred pronunciation has begun appearing in dictionaries as a second way to say the word.