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Re: Alumin(i)um (severly off topic)
Shuan-HAN-o-SAW-rus CHEE-lee-shah-EN-sis is the best approximation I can think
of, if you want something reasonably close to the original. Chinese (Pinyin)
"x" and "q" (Wade-Giles's "hs" and "ch'", respectively) stand for sounds
similar to English "sh" and "ch", except that they are more palatal ("softer"),
as if accompanied by "y" (as in "yes").
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sean Carroll" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2002 6:34 PM
Subject: Re: Alumin(i)um (severly off topic)
> Piotr Gasiorowski wrote:
> > Today, it's UK-type "aluminium" [AL-uh-MIN-i-um] versus US-type
> > "aluminum" [a-LOOM-i-num] -- as simple as that. The latter, however,
> > was the name originally given to the element by its discoverer, Sir
> > Humphrey Davy (Britain).
> I remember reading somewhere that Davy's original name was actually
> 'alumium', and therefore both the British and American words are
> corruptions or alterations, although the British 'aluminium' is
> considered closer (because it ends in 'ium', I guess).
> Now, speaking of dinosaurs, can anyone tell me how to pronounce
> 'Xuanhanosaurus qilixiaensis'? I always say, roughly,
> 'zwan-HAN-uh-SAW-rus kill-iks-ee-ay-EN-sis'. Perhaps it's really
> supposed to be something like 'KHOO-ahn-han-uh-SAW-rus