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bailey66
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juvenile

Postby bailey66 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:12 pm

When i was in high school i used this word in a classroom, fortunately there were only two others present, i pronounced it JUV' in ile, i was told and i quote that it was Juvnile to pronounce it that way, because its supposed to be pronounced Juv' in al. SINCE THEN everyone i hear pronounces it ile on the end, thoughts?

Octopusses, shouldn' it be octopi? Yet all the nature shows say octopusses.



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Re: juvenile

Postby Slava » Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:20 am

bailey66 wrote:Octopusses, shouldn't it be octopi? Yet all the nature shows say octopusses.
Nope. The proper plural would actually be octopodes, though English prefers octopuses (1 s). The 'i' ending is a mistaken belief that the '-us' ending is Latin, when it is Greek.

As for juvenile, I can using both pronunciations, depending on the tempo and beat of the sentence. As an individual word, though, I go with -ile. The other way makes me think of Juvenal.
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Re: juvenile

Postby bailey66 » Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:17 pm

As an individual word, though, I go with -ile. The other way makes me think of Juvenal.



Well, we certainly wouldn't want that.

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Re: juvenile

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:50 pm

M Bailey has been on a tear lately. Love it!

Hmm - tear, tare, tarry. Could a lot of tares make up a tarry?
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