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    Ok I would like to do a little survey here... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Some of these cp names are really long/oddly worded/and hard are to pronounce (I believe most are Latin names that is why). How many of you can actually type the whole name with out looking at the correct spelling? The second part is would you be able to pronounce them correctly enough to use them in a conversation? "Yes this is my Nepenthes bicalcarata and Cephalotus follicularis which are my best plants. Now if you look over here you will see my Sarracenia leucophylla." [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    Now, I truly would not be able to even spell them with out a little thing called copy and paste and let alone pronounce them correctly enough to use in a conversation. So how many of you can say them in a conversation and spell most them correctly with no reference?

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    Not me! I can get most of the spelling, but pronunciation is a pain!

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    I just name all my plants 'Bob'. Makes it so much easier to type and pronounce. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    I can usually type the correct name after about the third to fifth try. Pronunciation is a whole different ball of wax, I pronounce it as I think it should sound but the closest I ahev come to Latin is Spanish and so there is a slight skew to how I pronounce. So while I pronounce it as Pin-gwick-you-la sigh-klo-sec-ta others might call it Pin-goo-i-cool-a sick-lo-sect-a. 95% of the time other know what I am talking about though
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    I took plant taxonomy in college, with a professor who was a real stickler for latin names. I don't really have a problem with any of them. Once you hear them, and see them over and over for awhile, it becomes easy to at least make an educated guess how something should be pronounced or spelled.

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    I can pronounce them all perfectly,( ) with the exception of 2 nepenthes species. i can even spell nepenthes infundubuluformis and say it right, it is actually pretty easy [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Funny thing is, i dont remember the regular spelling of nepenthes infundubuluformis, i think it was eymai? the other one i have trouble with is nepenthes xphioiodes, heh. i can spell an dpronounce any other species, just not those ones. if i got those ones right, I can spell almost all species, 'cept maybe species i haven't heard of [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
    Cephalotus follicularis is easy to spell, they all are. just say it slow-ly
    foll-i-cu-lar-is. once you know the pronounciation they are pretty easy to spell [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Oh, and travis- Every species of living thing in the world has a scientific name (latin name) f you take a few weeks of latin lessons, and just learn a few root words, you'd be surprised at how easyer it seems to pronounce and spell them [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]




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    nepenthes infundubuluformis [/QUOTE]
    Yeeeah! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img] Well I never took latin but I can speak fluently in BS. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] tee hee

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    I took latin but even so, I'm not sure a lot of the time. The "ae" combination can be "ay", "ee" or "eye". I've noticed many people pronounce things differently. Being southern, I say "flah-va" where some say "flay-va" (ven-trah-ta vs. ven-tray-ta"). I would like to know what pronounciation is correct though. But who knows?

    I think a lot of the people you THINK would know what's correct are winging it just as much as anybody else. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    Maybe Dr. Schlauer should produce a taxonomic pronounciation key for the layperson. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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