hard words on TV! Part deux

Scot LaFaive spiderrmonkey at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu May 10 17:14:30 UTC 2007

I'm by no means a scientists, so take this how you will, but I believe I say
both [spi.sis] and [spi.shis].

Scot LaFaive

>From: sagehen <sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM>
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>Subject: Re: hard words on TV! Part deux
>Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 12:09:55 -0400
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> >This is one of those words that I'm not really sure how I "usually"
> >It's probably [spi:Si:z] half the time and [spi:si:z] the other half. It
> >be the other way around.
> >
> >M-W lists both. The OED lists two pronunciations but not these two. It
> >lists the 'sh' middle consonant. Its alternation is the final
> >Either [spi:Si:z] or [spi:SIi:z]. Is the latter a two syllable
> >Any other words that would have the [-Ii-] diphthong?
> >
> >Michael Covarrubias
> >
> >
> >Quoting Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM>:
> >>
> >> GRETCHEN CARLSON: They're the only ones of their species - is it
> >> "speeshees"?...
> >>
> >> BRIAN KILMEADE: "Speeshees."
> >>
>  ~~~~~~~~~~
>Am I missing something here?  I say "Speeshees, "  as do most of the
>scientists I know.
>The mistake to which this word is most susceptible seems to be assuming it
>to be the plural of the singular "specie."
>AM, the still older coot (/Fulica americana/).
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