CLEMatiS, cleMAHtis, cleMAYtis ...

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Sat Apr 6 21:53:22 UTC 2002

Isn't there a fourth pronunciation as well?  Around here we say 'clemAEtis'
(AE as in 'cat').

At 04:29 PM 4/6/02 -0500, you wrote:
>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

Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
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