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Re: Pronouncing scientific names

Robert H said "But there has to be a proper way to pronounce them! "

Yes... and no. There are several more or less proper ways: there are 
different "schools" of pronunciation. Latin pronunciation is taught one way 
today in Germany and another in Italy (modern accents aside). Choirs that 
sing Latin texts have to make choices about the pronunciation (often this 
is based on when the text was written). Latin pronunciation changed over 
the centuries during ancient times in the Roman Empire... through Church 
Latin... and the pronunciation even became influenced by Italian. Still, 
these differences involve a few sets of rules and one usually makes a 
choice as to which system to adopt -- not unlike the situation for modern 

"You say either, I say eyether"


Jared Weinberger