Wow, I pronounce t worst than I thought I did. xD
I guess I'm in the minority. I pronounce it "sit-ah-sine-ah". I base this on the fact that psittacina gets it's name from the psittacine birds (parrots) - the beaks of which psittacina pitchers resemble:
When you click on the pronunciation guide, it seems to point to the pronunciation of the 'cin' as 'sine' rather than 'seen'. I'm no Latin expert though so it's just opinion.
"There is no pain as great as being alive,
no burden heavier than that of conscious life. "
I've been pronouncing it sit-uh-scene-uh as well but didnt' know if that was correct. Brokken has a good explanation of why it should be SINE instead of SCENE.
I had a customer who is a veterinarian come to my house to buy some neps from me a few months ago and I asked him about pronouncing some of the names. Since he had med school which has a lot of latin, he was very helpful in how to pronounce some of the names that I was doing wrong. Like N. Smilesii or N. Bellii - the double ii on the end is pronounced ee-eye, or E - I (long vowel sounds) if that makes sense. I was prnouncing them completely wrong.
That's good to know on the 'ii' thing. I knew Lowii was that way, but didn't make the correlation with Bellii or others.
P as in Phonics. English is such a messed up language.
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