[Ads-l] "Alpha fee"

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Wed Aug 19 16:47:32 UTC 2015


Do we know what the organization's "preferred" pronunciation (officially or informally) is?

With sorority/fraternity names or nicknames, "phi" pronounced to rhyme with "buy" does seem most common. However, among fraternities we have the nickname "FIJI," for Phi Gamma Delta, rhyming with "Fiji" (and thus occasionally provoking allegations of anti-Pacific-islander racism). 

And the sorority Alpha Xi Delta pronounces itself "alpha zee delta."

Charlie

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Two staffers on tonight's "Inside Edition" pronounced the name of the soror=
ity "Alpha Phi", now notorious for its bimbo recruiting video, as "fee".=C2=
=A0 I and the OED say "fie".

Joel
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