I generally play hourly NPR news every few hours to prevent the need to get my news from DI, and recently their news has ben sponsored by Walden University, advertising their "docTORal" programs - emphasis on the second syllable of doctoral. But being from Philadelphia, I've always pronounced it "DOCtoral" - emphasis on the first syllable. I know we have some quirks, finding some things preRERable rather than PREFerable. And putting "gaz" in our cars rather than "gass." (At least we pronounce our town of Worcester as "WAR-chess-ter" instead of "Wiss-tuh," as they do in Massachusetts.) But I never thought about the pronunciation of doctoral until I heard Walden's ads on NPR. So what is everyone's take on this - should it be DOCtoral or docTORal? Which one do you find preFERable? Um, or PREFerable?