PROPOSAL: -acea; -aceae; -aceous
David.Orlovich at BOTANY.OTAGO.AC.NZ
Wed Jun 26 22:55:21 CDT 2002
you guys can discuss this ad nauseum, but I'm always going to say
Myrtaceae as Mer-tay-see till the day I die - 'cause basically it sounds
weird to me any other way ... and at conferences I can laugh at those
strange Europeans who say North-o-far-goos, and they can laugh at me
when I say Noth-a-fay-gus ... what's it matter? The French don't spread
vegemite on croissants in the pursuit of cultural uniformity just as I
don't toast croissants to spread my vege... oh hang on, yes I do ... oh
Cheers, David Orlovich.
On Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at 03:08 PM, Ken Kinman wrote:
> Dear All,
> As I stated before, I try to examine all possible pronunciations,
> follow a middle course. I therefore propose that the "-ce" in the
> family ending be pronounced "she" as in:
> Cetacea (suh-TAY-she-a)
> Cretaceous (cre-TAY-she-us)
> herbaceous (er-BAY-she-us).
> What do you think?
> ----- Cheers, Ken
> P.S. But even if this standard pronunciation (for the penultimate
> syllable) was found to be agreeable, there is still no consensus on the
> pronunciation of the final -ae. Family Poaceae could be:
> or my preference Po-AY-she-AYEE.
> I still think a literal pronunciation of the diphthong -AYEE would
> best, because (1) it is close to the other three alternatives, and (2)
> would obviously be easy to teach and learn, since one would literally be
> saying the letters (at least in English).
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Dr David Orlovich,
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