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Re: Pronouncing Dinosaur Names
From: Amado Narvaez <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 1. Ankylosaurus: "An" as in the indefinite article; "ky" as in the thing
This is tricky. In Classical Greek, the upsilon (usually romanized
as a 'y' in scientific names) was pronounced like a French 'u',
or like the German 'u-umlaut'.
Most English speakers cannot make this sound.
In general, some variant of 'ee' or short 'i' is a good
> 2. Apatosaurus: "pat" as in "Patrick" or as in "pot" like you cook with?
Either seems reasonable to me. Neither is entirely correct
> The initial "A" -- is it "uh" or "a" as in "at"?
> Are there variant pronunciations from country to country? I would expect,
> for example, that the German pronunciation of the "Tyr" in Tyrannosaurus
> would be pronounced like "tu" with an umlaut over the u (sort of like the
> German word for "door".)
Yes, there is quite some variation.
I doubt anybody really uses the classical Greek and Latin
pronunciations. (Not even the Greeks!)
The peace of God be with you.