CLEMatiS, cleMAHtis, cleMAYtis

Dale Coye Dalecoye at AOL.COM
Sat Apr 6 21:29:27 UTC 2002

I would guess that the second and third pronunciations you list are spelling
pronunciations brought into being by non-gardeners who had never heard it
pronounced.   The same thing happened with the word 'gratis'   which was
historically GRAY tis, but is mostly GRAT is, now, or for those who love
their Latin--GRAH tis.

Dale Coye
The College of NJ

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