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Have I been wrong all these years

  1. Sep 30, 2008 #1
    I'm listening to an astronomy lecture by Prof. James B. Kaler. He keeps pronouncing Pisces like Pee Cees. I've always pronounced it Pie Cees. How do you pronounce it?
     
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  3. Sep 30, 2008 #2

    lisab

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    Pix Eees.
     
  4. Sep 30, 2008 #3
    for the love of all that's holy. Just because I'm the one asking a question you can give me a straight answer.
     
  5. Sep 30, 2008 #4

    Ben Niehoff

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    I pronounce it "peace case".
     
  6. Sep 30, 2008 #5
    that's it. I've had it. I'm going home.
     
  7. Sep 30, 2008 #6
    I pronounce it the same as you, Tribdog. I don't know what's with all these wise guys around here.
     
  8. Sep 30, 2008 #7

    Evo

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    It's Pie Sees
     
  9. Sep 30, 2008 #8

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    \ˈpī-(ˌ)sēz also ˈpi-ˌsēz or ˈpis-ˌkās\
     
  10. Sep 30, 2008 #9
    Lolz...but would be the fun in giving YOU a straight answer?
     
  11. Sep 30, 2008 #10
    I believe Hershey pronounces it as reese's pieces
     
  12. Sep 30, 2008 #11

    Evo

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    I saw that in m-w.com

    I have never heard anyone say pih seez or pis kays. I'm afraid I would have to fish slap them.
     
  13. Sep 30, 2008 #12
    hahahaha. What a royal punishment.
     
  14. Sep 30, 2008 #13
    Sounds like lots of pesos.
     
  15. Sep 30, 2008 #14
    I pronounce it pie-cees when I pronounce it, but since it's a Latin word I would think the "proper" way would be more like pee-skays. I don't think "i" ever rhymes with "eye" in Latin, right?
     
  16. Oct 1, 2008 #15

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    Pronouncing it pis-kays would be the way you'd pronounce it if you were trying to read Latin text. Well, "kays" isn't really a very accurate way of representing it though, since it would suggest pronouncing the "e" as more of an "ai" diphthong. It's more like the "ques" part of "quesadilla". But, if you're speaking English and not Latin, then it's pi-seez (that i is long). Pee seez or pih seez is just wrong.
     
  17. Oct 1, 2008 #16

    Moonbear

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    "i" doesn't rhyme with "eye" in latin, but it's also not an "ee" sound either, at least not when embedded between consonants. The "s" in the middle goes with the first syllable...pis. The "c" in the middle goes with the second syllable and is always a hard c in Latin (k)...ces.
    pihs-kehs (eh is pronounced just like the Canadians pronounce it :wink:).
     
  18. Oct 1, 2008 #17
    I pronounce it pee sees, as in he pees and she sees
     
  19. Oct 1, 2008 #18

    vanesch

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    Just say fish.
     
  20. Oct 1, 2008 #19

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    Indeed. Look to Norway! (We say "fiskene"):smile:
     
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