personal nomenclature matter

Jim McKenney
Tue, 29 Jun 2010 11:44:00 PDT
Dennis in Cincinnatuh wrote: " To my ear "ak ih MAY neez" sounds way more
scientific than "uh CHIM ih
neez".  Although Mary Poppins might prefer the latter....

Not only Mary Poppins but also tradition. There seems to be uncertainty
about the etymology of the word, but the pronunciation with the stress on
the chi is the one which has been given in reliable sources for a long time.

BTW, modern Greek is not your friend when it comes to figuring out the
pronunciation of words derived from classical Greek. 

Jim McKenney

More information about the pbs mailing list