Re: Real language questions
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Monday, October 8, 2001, 23:18|
Quoting Roger Mills <romilly@...>:
> >Ciege Engine wrote:
> >> 1. How can the word protozoon be pronounced
> >> proh-toe-ZOE-an?
> Or did you have in mind proh-toe-zoon? (rhyme with moon)? (a) it's a
> learned compound of Greek words; and as everyone ;-) ought to know, zoon was 2
> syllables (b) it's sometimes written with a dieresis over one of the
> o's, I forget which-- protozöon or protozoön (probably the latter). Like
> coöperate or reënter, though that's a little old fashioned.....
It's the latter. I use the diaeresis about as often as not.
> Another one for the team: dieresis is also spelled diaeresis.
I've always seen the latter used.
Thomas Wier <trwier@...>
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If he finds that this tree And that's why the tree
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