[Ads-l] Heard: "orifi-sees"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 20 02:56:21 EST 2017

On Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 11:41 AM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at gmail.com> wrote:

> Would you prefer "orofixes"?

I, in fact, prefer "AWrif-fiss-iz," < French _orifices_ < Latin pl.
_orificia_, not _*orifex_, pl. _*orifices_. I also prefer "PRAH-sess-iz."

However, my intuition is that those who say "PRAH-seh-seez" and
"AH-rif-fi-seez" most likely don’t care about my preferences, more’s the
pity. <sigh!>

That was my first "AH-rif-fi-seez," but I’ve been hearing "PRAH-seh-seez"
since the ’70’s.

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