names of people and plants

Paul Tyerman
Fri, 11 Apr 2003 07:30:35 PDT
>way I was told to in books.  Imagine my surprise when I found out that I
>appear to be the only person on earth who pronounces Lachenalia
>"la-shen-all-ia"!  It is too ingrained to change.  My Latin (Catholic


You aren't the only person who pronounces Lachenalia that way..... I have a
friend who does.  Every time he says it I think he is talking about
Lechenaultia (spelling?) a genus of Australian native plants and I wonder
what in the world he is talking about.

The emails have been rather fascinating, particularly the fact that Clive
is pronounced 'Cliff' in some areas.... there goes my reasons for
pronouncing it the way I do.  Guess we shall all have to be happy
pronouncing it how we do and as long as we get the point across it doesn't
really matter anyway.

Cheers all,

Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia

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