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Re: Cómo se dice ther[o]pod y synapsid e

English is pretty strongly phonetic as well as long as you know the rules. gh and final e are usually silent, for example. Trouble is, most modern readers of English were taught to read the language as hieroglyphics.

Spanish phonetics are pretty complex. For instance, in some Mexican and southwestern U.S. dialects, certain v's inside of words morph into w's. In some parts of South America, and occasionally in Mexico, ll is pronounced j or ch. In Mexican Spanish, vowels in weak syllables are silent. In some Mexican and southwestern U.S. dialects, final vowels are often schwa's. The pronunciation of g depends on where it falls in a word. Allegedly g or h, but in some dialects it can become w in the middle of a word. Which ones? You just have to learn it - just like you often do in English. J is usually pronounced h, which is hardly how it is spelled. And anyone think b and v are pronounced b and v? No, they merged into a common sound that does not exist in any language but Spanish. Except when v is w.

Dora Smith
Austin, TX

----- Original Message ----- From: "Raptorial Talon" <raptorialtalon@gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: Cómo se dice ther[o]pod y synapsid e

"well its certainly accurate - compared to pretty much every other
lethal device, nukes are new and recent."

There's just no good etymological reason to assume a connection there,
at least not that I can imagine . . .

At least Latinate names are always phonetic in some sense. No worries
about contrived mispronunciations.