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Pippard Vigander

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Has the pronunciation of Diplodocus changed?
« on: 29/04/2011 17:01:01 »
Pippard Vigander  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi,

I recently found out that the pronunciation of Diplodocus should be di-PLOD-ocus. I'm sure I was taught (or read) as a child that it should be dip-lo-DOKE-us (if that makes any sense). I've tried researching this on the internet, and accept that the former is the accepted pronunciation. I did catch some references to it being changed, but couldn't find any details.

So my question is: Has the official pronunciation of Diplodocus changed? If so, who determines that, and why was it changed?

Cheers,
Sverre Vigander, Norway

What do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: 30/04/2011 04:21:02 »
Science and every day speech is full of slight variations. It really doesn't matter. The British mispronounce and misspell all the time.

Example:

colour: Brit (cul-our - guess they ware going to separate out the owners of each of the sheep.

theatre - they even prononuce it thee-a-ter NOT thee - a - tre


I could go on  but ... well why embaress the county that produced A. Pope, Sam Johnson and Shakespeare, even if said country has fallen so low??

 

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« Reply #2 on: 30/04/2011 09:22:39 »
Now that the whitehouse isn't run by a cabal of texan oil barons can we not do something about the "republic of texas"   ;D

Every fule knows that the simple monosyllabic word 'through' - is much better spelt with 7 letters than with 4, we like our redundant Us - they add flavour, colour, and rigour to the language, and it behoves us (not behooves - that's putting clompy feet on something that isn't a horse) to maintain standards - even when there are just plain psilly (that's a silent p from the original greek).

And if you are talking about sheep in 'that' manner, then the word you are looking for is eiliw

 

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« Reply #3 on: 30/04/2011 22:47:38 »
It is of interest to note that the number of the  above post when first I viewed it was 996 - too close to 666 for my comfort.

And "eiliw"  Hurumph!!!!

Obfuscation, My Dear Sir, pedantic obfuscation! (Doubtfully "pedantic" but I am feeling kind.)

AND THE COMMENTS BELOW JUST ILLUMINATES THIS FACT IN CASE YOU STILL DO NOT "GET IT"!!!!

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colour: Brit (cul-our - guess they ware going to separate out the owners of each of the sheep.

This in no way implies as to what variable will be used to divide among the owners said sheep. "To cull" implies that each owner has a responsibility to discharge with regards to only a certain percent if the ovine population. "To Cull" does not need be based on the characteristic of color.

"eiliw" - and the usage of a language derived not from Anglo-Saxon root's, not some god awful waste of consonants and vowels and occasional do-dads, including a bronze knife in a pond, was the subject.

As for Texas Oil Barons - all I need say in defense is "Gordon Brown."

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« Reply #4 on: 30/04/2011 22:50:21 »
I do apologize. The last blow may have been below the belt.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 01/05/2011 08:54:26 »
As for Texas Oil Barons - all I need say in defense is "Gordon Brown."


You just had to go too far did't you...
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« Reply #6 on: 01/05/2011 12:26:08 »
I suspect that Jimbob is about to be lynched by the Scots and Welsh for equating "British" with "English".
Incidentally, we voted Brown out and I don't think there's any plan to vote any of his kids in as a replacement.
 

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