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Deinonychus pronounciation



Since we're on the subject:

One personal pet peeve is the most common pronounciation of Deinonychus:

DIE-no-NYE-kus

However, the name breaks down as Dein (terrible) - onychus (claws), and it
should be pronounced

Dien-ON-i-kus

(which is how Ostrom pronounces it, anyway).

Unfortunately, most of the AMNH crew pronounce their own animal Mononykus as

Mon-o-NYE-kus

Ah, well, there are worse problems in the world than pronounciation...

Just my $0.02.

                                
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.                                   
tholtz@geochange.er.usgs.gov
Vertebrate Paleontologist in Exile                  Phone:      703-648-5280
U.S. Geological Survey                                FAX:      703-648-5420
Branch of Paleontology & Stratigraphy
MS 970 National Center
Reston, VA  22092
U.S.A.