Time for another LH quiz! I’ve run into a couple of people who say /tɜrˈmɛrɪk/ (“tur-MARE-ik”), with penultimate stress, something not recorded in any of my dictionaries, which have only initial stress — cf. American Heritage, which gives /ˈtɜrmɜrɪk, ˈtuːmɜrɪk/. I’m curious whether this is idiosyncratic or a sign of an alternate pronunciation on the rise, so I put it to the Varied Reader: do you say this word with penultimate stress, or know someone who does?
Incidentally, the etymology is interesting; it’s from Middle English termeryte, derived from French terre mérite and/or New Latin terra merita, ‘turmeric’ (literally ‘merited earth’).