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    Default How to pronounce Caenorhabditis ?

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    Tiny amounts of alcohol dramatically extend a worm's life, but why?

    UCLA Minuscule amounts of ethanol, the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages, can more than double the life span of a tiny worm known as Caenorhabditis elegans, which is used frequently as a model in aging studies, UCLA biochemists report. The scientists said they find their discovery difficult to explain.

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    Default Re: How to pronounce Caenorhabditis ?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
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    Tiny amounts of alcohol dramatically extend a worm's life, but why?

    UCLA Minuscule amounts of ethanol, the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages, can more than double the life span of a tiny worm known as Caenorhabditis elegans, which is used frequently as a model in aging studies, UCLA biochemists report. The scientists said they find their discovery difficult to explain.
    Caenorhabditis elegans ( /ˌsnɵrbˈdtɨs ˈɛlɨɡnz/)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caenorhabditis_elegans

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    Default Re: How to pronounce Caenorhabditis ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Thanks. I always wondered about that.
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    Default Re: How to pronounce Caenorhabditis ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post

    Excellent!
    Thanks a lot.

    PS, in ˌsnɵrbˈdtɨs ˈɛlɨɡnz/) I pronounce as snərbˈdtɨs ˈɛlɨɡnz/) . Correct?

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    Default Re: How to pronounce Caenorhabditis ?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Excellent!
    Thanks a lot.

    PS, in ˌsnɵrbˈdtɨs ˈɛlɨɡnz/) I pronounce as snərbˈdtɨs ˈɛlɨɡnz/) . Correct?
    No, if you say it that way, you'll be socially ostracised and you'll end up with no friends at all!

    In more common words with Caeno, as in 'Caenozoic', I say /sinəʊ /

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    Default Re: How to pronounce Caenorhabditis ?

    And for future reference, these two rules of thumb will help:

    • In words with the spelling 'rh' the 'h' is usually silent
    • In words with the spelling 'bd' both consonants are usually heard


    (I can't think of any counter-examples at the moment, but it wouldn't surprise me if there were a few - especially when the 'r' closes a syllable and the 'h' starts a new one.)

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    Default Re: How to pronounce Caenorhabditis ?

    rhetoric

    obdurate

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    Default Re: How to pronounce Caenorhabditis ?

    rheumatic

    Abduction
    Last edited by aachu; 27-Jan-2012 at 08:31.

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    Default Re: How to pronounce Caenorhabditis ?

    Quote Originally Posted by aachu View Post
    rheumatic

    Abduction
    Neither of these is a counter-example. To recap:

    In words with the spelling 'rh' the 'h' is usually silent [e.g. rheumatic]
    In words with the spelling 'bd' both consonants are usually heard [e.g. abdomen]
    Perhaps you were just giving supporting examples

    Other examples of the first are rhetoric, rhombus, rhyme,... etc etc.
    Other examples of the second are abdomen, abduction, and the tree bdellium (which I've never heard spoken, but which I think an English native speaker wuld try to get their mouth round - although such a consonant coluster at the beginning of a word is non-native).

    A [questionable] counter-example is 'earhole'. In a careful, standard - that is, non rhotic - pronunciation there is no /r/; in a less formal pronunciation, there is no /h/ . Besides, many people would use a hyphen

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    Default Re: How to pronounce Caenorhabditis ?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Perhaps you were just giving supporting examples
    Yes. I just gave supporting examples.

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