Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 17 15:29:21 UTC 2009

Why do you people keep bringing up the subject of age?! When I took a
couple of college courses in zoology in the '50's, we were taught that
"meiosis" was pronounced "me-osis [mi'osIs]. 'Course, that coulda jus'
been a Saint Louis thang.


On Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 11:05 AM, Laurence Horn<laurence.horn at> wrote:
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> At 10:41 AM -0400 8/17/09, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>>On Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 10:08 AM, Laurence Horn<laurence.horn at> wrote:
>>>  At 12:14 PM +0200 8/17/09, Julia Achenbach wrote:
>>>>At least in German. I am not too
>>>>sure whether or not the same goes for English.
>>>  It does for "deixis", "eidolon", and the other few <ei> words I can
>>>  think of that have been imported into English.
>>kaleidoscope, seismic, meiosis, oneiromancy, cheiromancy...
> Right, and all /ai/s for me.  Note that "meiosis" and "myopia" are
> pronounced with identical first diphthongs, which was certainly *not*
> the case in Greek (or even in older English, pre-Great Vowel Shift,
> assuming Chaucer, for example, had occasion to consult his
> ophthamologist).
> LH
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