ANNE V. GILBERT
avgilbert at PRODIGY.NET
Wed Dec 12 18:02:20 UTC 2001
> I was intrigued to discover this morning that the preferred pronunciation
> of the last syllable of "diabetes" in Amer. Heritage and Random House is
> -tis rather than -teez. In Webster's it's reversed; OED has only -teez.
> I always thought -tis was a regionalism; I heard it growing up in the
> where it seemed to have the same status as "arthuritis" for arthritis. I
> told it's also found in the Midwest. The word is not in DARE. Does anyone
> know if the -tis pronunciation is regionally restricted or not?
That's kinda weird. I've heard "arthur-itis" and "diabetis" in Seattle, and
I grew up here(and have mostly lived here), so I should know. "Diabetis"
seems to be a fairly common pronunciation here, but I've only heard
"arthur-itis" once or twice, mostly among older folks.
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