OK, all you prescriptivists, here’s something for you to obsess about: the word daguerreotype should have an acute accent on the second e and be pronounced “dagairraioteep”; don’t take my word for it, take Edgar Allan Poe’s:
This word is properly spelt Daguerréotype, and pronounced as if written Dagairraioteep. The inventor’s name is Daguerre, but the French usage requires an accent on the second e, in the formation of the compound term.
In the same Alexander’s Weekly Messenger essay of Jan. 15, 1840, we find an interesting precursor of the word photography:
We have not now space to touch upon the history of the invention, the earliest idea of which is derived from the camera obscure, and even the minute details of the process of photogeny (from Greek words signifying sun-painting) are too long for our present purpose. [Emphasis added.]
Thanks to Laputan Logic for reproducing the Poe piece.