Smither's Rule. Was: Latin pronounciation

J.E. Shields
Fri, 12 Dec 2008 11:07:28 PST
Hi all,

At some point in the fun discussions, I like to remind everyone of the 
charming way the late Sir Peter Smithers dealt with these 
issue:  "Botanical Latin is a written language, not a spoken language.  So 
any pronunciation that lets you make yourself understood to your listener 
is alright," or words to that effect.  I think of this as "Smither's Rule."

I try for the Classical Latin pronunciation that I learned 60 years ago in 
high school.  I don't always succeed!

Best regards,
Jim Shields

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