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Re: Saying it correctly
Tom Brennan wrote "This is kind of a good link for people like us....t
he phonetically impaired
I scrolled just a few pixels there and red lights went off:
"ornatus = or-NAY-tus
macropodus = macro-POE-dus
punctatus = punc-TAY-tus"
and later "Geophagus = Jeo-FAY-gus"
I can't see the point of learning Latin pronunciation with a broad
American accent, making diphthongs out of the pure vowels.
Having lived many years in Italy, I can guarantee you that
Classical Latin -- and Italian for that matter -- were never
pronounced like that.
ornatus = or-NAH-tus
macropodus = macro-PO-dus
punctatus = punc-TAH-tus
Granted, a speaker may very well color pronunciation with his
or her own accent, but that's no reason to corrupt or change
And why a silent "g" in "Gnathochromis = Nath-o-CHROME-iss"
It's silent in English, not Latin.