How is chaetomorpha pronounced?

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How do you & how should you pronounced it?

  1. Che-toe

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  2. Kay-toe

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  3. Key-toe

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  4. Chee-toe

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  5. I'm just winging it

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  6. Sump monster

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  1. RSnodgrass

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    Seriously there is no consistency here...
     
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    Excellent question!

    Some people say “Cheeto”

    I say “kayto”
     
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    Adding that one
     
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    I say chay-toe but believe it should be kay-to. I just said it how I thought for too many years and seem to have trouble correcting myself.

    Other polls to consider: detritus, tunze
     
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    i agree on the CH, however, the AE in original Latin was pronounced like 'eye'.

    At least that is how it is taught in modern curriculum. I went through 4 grueling years of college Latin and classics courses and I have the minor to prove it :)

    I should confirm this with my sister, she's been a high school Latin teacher for 15-ish years.
     
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    I have an answer from my sister. Her years of grad school studying Greek on top of Latin has finally paid off for her. She has said with confidence that it is pronounced key-toe

    But, i wasn't entirely incorrect. Latin speakers would have pronounced it Kai-toe, but.....

    she says "Chaeto is the Latinized form of the Greek khaite meaning hair."

    So being of greek origin, we should be saying key-toe

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    to finish the etymology, -morpha is greek for "form" or shape

    chaetomorpha would be "shape of hair"

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    Now that we've figured this one out...
    What other mundane idiosyncrasies can we solve while we're self-contained?

    I'm still bothered with the Blue Faced Angelfish common name.
     
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    oh you mean the Yellow Foreheaded Angelfish?

    my sister is home and is welcome to help with any etymological/pronunciation tasks
     
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    OK, I'll try to adjust....huhhhhh....20 years of calling it chee-toe, then Chae-toe, now it's friggin Key-toe. Mumble...mumble...I got a friggin key for your toe!
     
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    I'm just going to call it Fred from now on
     
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    I know it's not latin or greek in origin, but...
    How is llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch pronounced? :confused:
    And what does it mean?
    That is a real name.
     
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    Key-Toe (not kee-tee or something else)

    Pretty sure if BRS said key-tow there'd be an uproar. Hats off to the explanation!

    I'll just remember Diabetic ketoacidosis...
     
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    The village is also known as Llanfair PG or Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. The name means "St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the fierce whirlpool of St Tysilio of the red cave" in Welsh.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanfairpwllgwyngyll
     
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    Ah.. you're taking all the fun out of it. :p
     
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    Let's be real... the mayor was three sheets to the wind when that was named.
     
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    Lets just call that town Fred, too.
     
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