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    How to read AD and BC?

    Hello,

    When you are reading a text aloud for other listeners and encounter the acronyms AD and BC, how should a native speaker normally read them?

    1) "After Christ" and "before Christ"?

    2) "ey-dee" and "bee-cee"

    3) 1 or 2 (if this is the case, which is more common -- 1 or 2?)

    4) Other way


    Another related question:

    Is AD ever read as "Anno Domini" by pupils in normal primary and secondary schools? If it is, how do you pronounce it? Which syllables are stressed?


    Thank you very much.
    Last edited by enthink; 25-Oct-2010 at 14:49.

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    #2

    Re: How to read AD and BC?

    I have always said "Ay-Dee" and "Bee-Cee."

    However, I understand that CE, for common era, and BCE, for before common era, is becoming more popular. Those are said Cee-Ee, and Bee-Cee-Ee.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: How to read AD and BC?

    Normally you would hear AD and BC pronounced just like pronouncing the individual letters.

    To avoid offense to non-Christians, some academics use CE and BCE ("common era" and "before common era"), but I don't think the common person is aware of what "CE" is supposed to mean.

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    Re: How to read AD and BC?

    Thank you very much.

    I assume you've never heard "Anno Domini", "after Christ" or "before Christ" used at a school in such a situation, then?

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    Re: How to read AD and BC?

    Not in school, no.

    I'd be surprised if more than 50% of Americans could tell you want AD stands for, though most would get the "Before Christ" part right.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: How to read AD and BC?

    I'm not a teacher.

    Anno domini are Latin words.

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    Re: How to read AD and BC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amal-30 View Post
    I'm not a teacher.

    Anno domini are Latin words.
    Correct - meaning in the year of Our Lord.

    It's ironic that CE (Common Era) also stands for Christian Era.

    Rover

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    Re: How to read AD and BC?

    I never thought of that. Do people use it that way?

    I will say that the few times I've tried to say "CE" instead of "AD," people have said "What's that?" and I've had to say "AD." When I explain why, it's usually met with eye rolling.
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    Re: How to read AD and BC?

    Never mind, off topic.

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